Camels defeat Johnson & Wales 95-64

Reco McCarter
(Will Bratton photo)
Reco McCarter (Will Bratton photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Reco McCarter led a balanced offensive attack and Campbell defeated Johnson and Wales 95-64 Saturday at Gore Arena.

In their highest offensive output of the season, the Camels (5-7) ended a 4-game losing slide by shooting 59 percent (29-49) from the field and out-rebounding the Wildcats 50-21.

McCarter scored a season-high 16 points, while Darius Leonard and Kyre' Hamer chipped in 13 apiece for Campbell, which made 29-of-43 (.674) from the line and knocked down 8 of 22 three-point shots.  McCarter pulled down 8 rebounds, while making 4-7 shots from the field, including 2-3 threes and 6-7 from the stripe.  Marvelle Harris added season-highs of 9 points (4-4 field goals) and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

Johnson and Wales (5-12) shot just 36 percent (21-59) and dropped its third-straight game.  Kindrick Anderson led the Wildcats with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and Hursel Forbes added 12, including 8-of-11 from the line.

Campbell led by as many as 35 before head coach Kevin McGeehan emptied the bench.  Walk-ons Casey Perrin (6) and Lance Brown (3) scored their first career points in a Camel uniform.

"(The reserves) give our guys problems every single day in practice, and I wasn't surprised when they went into the game and were effective," said McGeehan.

Campbell used a 16-4 run midway through the first half to break open a tight game.  Bobby Scriven's bucket pulled J&W within 19-18 with 10:38 remaining, but the Wildcats missed 6 of their next 7 shots and made 2 turnovers during the decisive spurt.

Harris' thunderous one-handed slam off and offensive rebound gave the Camels a 41-25 lead with 1:38 left in the first period and the Wildcats never drew within single digits again.

Senior Antonio Kalpic saw his first game action of the season and his lay-in with 6:10 to play gave the Camels their largest lead (78-43).

The final margin could have been greater except for 21 Campbell turnovers, which led to 19 J&W points.

"At halftime, I told the guys we have to get a handle on it and be more responsible with the basketball," said McGeehan.  "There's a lot of promise for this team if we continue to get better and pay a little more attention to all the little things."

The Camels continue their five-game home stand one week from Monday (Dec. 30) when they host Georgia Southern at 7:00 p.m.