Campbell finishes as runner-up in Sasser Cup standings

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With three team titles, plus runner-up finishes in eight other sports, Campbell University finished second in the 2016-17 Big South Conference George F. "Buddy" Sasser Cup standings.

Liberty won the Sasser Cup by averaging 8.63 points in 18 championship sports and accumulated a total of 155.25 points.  The Flames won nine Big South championships in 2016-17 -- three regular-season titles and six tournament crowns.

Campbell (7.81 average) produced its best finish in the Sasser Cup since rejoining the Big South in 2011-12.  The Camels claimed team titles in men's cross country, men's golf and women's golf. In addition, Campbell was runner-up in men's and women's indoor and outdoor track, women's basketball and women's lacrosse, while finishing as tournament runner-up in men's basketball and men's tennis.

"We are very proud to have the highest overall performance since our return to the Big South," said Campbell Athletics Director Bob Roller.  "The Sasser Cup is a year-round goal of ours that is stressed with all the head coaches, and success over all of our sports is a priority."

High Point was third in the standings (7.73 average), and was followed by Winthrop (6.08) and Radford (5.88).

Liberty also claimed the Women's All-Sports trophy for the seventh time in eight years and Big South-record eighth time overall with its average of 9.14 (82.25 points earned in nine sports), ahead of High Point's 8.78 average (70.25 points earned in eight sports).  Liberty won two regular-season and four tournament titles in women's competition to capture the Women's All-Sports Trophy.  Campbell was third in the Women's All-Sports race with its 7.98 average (79.75 points earned in 10 sports).

The Flames also won the Men's All-Sports Trophy for the second straight season.  Liberty's record-breaking seventh Men's All-Sports Trophy was based on its 8.11 average (73 points earned in nine sports) as the Flames won one regular-season and two tournament championships in men's competition this past year. Campbell was second with an average of 7.59 (60.75 in eight sports), followed by Radford at 7.08 (42.5 points earned in six sports).

The Sasser Cup Trophy is named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser and is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically, based on an average points system. Points are awarded for both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the League's 19 championships, and the average of the combined total is used to determine the overall point allocation in the respective sport.  One bonus point is added to the average total for each Conference Champion/AQ representative, as well as any teams that receive at-large NCAA Championships berths.  A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in that sport.  Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned.  Each member's overall point totals are then divided by the number of sports sponsored by that school to determine the average.

2016-17 Sasser Cup Standings   
1. Liberty - 8.63
2. Campbell - 7.81 
3. High Point - 7.73
4. Winthrop - 6.08
5. Radford  - 5.88
6. Charleston Southern - 5.64
7. Gardner-Webb - 5.34
8. UNC Asheville - 5.20
9. Presbyterian - 4.63
10. Longwood - 4.25

2016-17 Women's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty - 9.14
2. High Point - 8.78
3. Campbell - 7.98
4. Charleston Southern - 5.81
5. Winthrop - 5.73
6. Radford - 5.15
7. UNC Asheville - 4.94
8. Gardner-Webb - 4.75
9. Longwood - 4.57
10. Presbyterian - 4.00

2016-17 Men's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty - 8.11
2. Campbell - 7.59
3. Radford - 7.08
4. High Point - 6.54
5. Winthrop - 6.53
6. Gardner-Webb - 6.00
7. UNC Asheville - 5.50
8. Charleston Southern - 5.43
9. Presbyterian - 5.36
10. Longwood - 3.88