BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Darren White scored 24 of his 31 points in the second half as Campbell won its season opener Friday night by defeating Averett 74-55.
White, who made 11 of 18 field goals and 9 of 12 free throws, also had seven rebounds and three steals. Playing only 26 minutes, he finished two points shy of his career-high of 33.
After Averett took a 5-0 lead, the Camels scored 19 unanswered points, with Darian Hooker coming off the bench to score 10 of his 12 first-half points during the run. Hooker finished with 15 points and Trey Freeman added 10 while Marvelle Harris pulled down 10 rebounds.
Campbell led 35-15 at halftime and by as many as 36 after White's jump shot made it 70-34 with 5:44 remaining.
Grant Chandler scored 14 points, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers, to lead the Division III Cougars, who counted the game as an exhibition.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.