Long range shooting leads Campbell by Johnson and Wales 90-59

Kyre' Hamer
(Will Bratton photo)
Kyre' Hamer (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Freshman Cory Gensler scored a season-high 18 points on 6-of-6 threes and Campbell defeated Johnson & Wales 90-59 Monday night at Gore Arena.

A guard from Cary, N.C., Gensler set a Gore Arena record for highest 3-point percentage by an individual, while the Camels (6-5) tied a school single-game mark by making 16 triples on the night.

Fellow freshman Marcus Burk added a season-best 14 points, plus 4 assists, while Kyre' Hamer (13) and Chris Clemons (13) also hit double digits for the Camels, who shot 61 percent in the second half.

Campbell led by 17 at the break (48-31), but the Wildcats pulled within 11 twice, the second time after Porter's bucket with 17:12 to go trimmed the gap to 52-41.

However, Gensler made a corner three and Hamer connected from the right wing to start a 21-3 burst that put the game out of reach.  Burk's triple with 9:26 to play gave the Camels their largest lead of the night (78-46).

Ricky Porter led Johnson & Wales (3-8) with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor.

Campbell tied the school mark for threes made in a game set Feb. 22, 1993 at Winthrop.  The 16 triples also were the most ever made by the Camels in Gore Arena, which opened in 2008.  Gensler's 6-of-6 showing was the most accurate by a Camel in the facility, eclipsing Eric Griffin's 6-of-7 (.857) effort from long range vs. Lipscomb on Feb. 10, 2011.

Overall, Campbell hit 56 percent from the field (31-55) and dealt 20 assists. Burk, Clemons and Andrew Eudy all had four assists, while Gensler finished with four steals.  Campbell held a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers and a 13-0 margin in fast break points.

"I thought we really shared the ball well tonight," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. "When we play like that on offense – moving the ball and making the extra pass – it's contagious."

The Camels broke open a tight game with a 26-4 run midway through the opening period.  Campbell hit nine 3-point shots before the break – three each by Clemons and Gensler – and led 48-31 at the half.

Hamer's coast-to-coast drive provided CU with its largest lead (44-18) of the opening period.  Campbell led 48-31 at halftime after making 14-of-27 (.519) of its shots, including 9-of-20 (.450) from 3-point distance, and 11-of-14 (.786) from the line.

Nine of the ten Camels to play in the opening half scored, led by Clemons' 13 points. Gensler had 9 first-half points on 3-of-3 from long range, while Shane Whitfield added eight.

Porter scored 13 first-half points for the Wildcats, who ended the period on a 13-4 burst.

The Camels close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a Thursday 2:00 p.m. matinee against Stetson at Gore Arena.