Campbell senior point guard Casey Perrin may only play sparingly over his four year career, but Tuesday night served as a glimpse of what players and coaches see every single day in practice.
His presence was immediately felt inside Gore Arena, hitting his first three shots from long range while finishing the night with a career-high 14 points (5-7 FG) in 12 minutes of action.
“It’s awesome,” said Perrin, reflecting on his career night.
The former walk-on earned a scholarship from Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan during an emotional pre-game pep talk before the #EuroCamels final game of their summer trip back in August.
Perrin, the Scottsdale, Ariz. product who willingly moved across the country to walk on for Campbell Basketball, was greeted with tremendous cheers from the Gore Arena crowd as he played a career high in minutes during an eventual 110-66 win over Allen.
“It was a blessing just to play,” Perrin added. “And for the coaches to trust to put me in with that much time left…I’m just so thankful to have teammates that support me like that.”
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Not only was Perrin red-hot from the field, his teammates were actively passing him the basketball for rhythm shots in the offense. In fact, Campbell finished the game with 23 assists on 38 made buckets, including some great looks (above) for the 5-foot-9 point guard.
Perrin has seen action in six games this season, although he’d be the first to admit none was more exciting – just one week away from Senior Night. That said, his excitement was shared amongst all his teammates, wanting to get him involved in the action.
“Just having (fellow senior) D.J. (Mason) thinking about him out there, makes my heart warm,” said McGeehan.
The Fighting Camels have now scored 90-plus points in each of their last three games, breaking a Gore Arena scoring record (110 points) while shooting a program best 74-percent from the field.
Campbell Men’s Basketball (11-15, 4-11) has now won three straight games in that span, capped off by the scoring barrage from their emotional leader, Casey Perrin, who enjoys every rare moment playing on the court.
But ask anyone one of his Campbell teammates, and watching Perrin shoot the lights out from the field, averaging 53% from 3-pt range this season, would make for just another day in the office.
“He does stuff like that every day in practice,” said fellow senior D.J. Mason. “CP’s an incredible shooter and you always have to know where he is on the floor.”
Perrin and the Fighting Camels return home next Thursday (Feb. 25) for the final stretch of the regular season against Radford at 7 p.m. before Senior Day on Saturday leading up to the Big South Conference Tournament here in Buies Creek.