Camels top Hatters 81-72, improve to 7-5

Chris Clemons
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Chris Clemons (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell closed the game on a 10-0 run and defeated Stetson 81-72 Thursday afternoon at Gore Arena.

After Stetson (6-8) took only its second lead of the game (72-71) on Angel Rivera's drive to the basket with 2:23 to go, Kyre' Hamer scored on a cut to the basket and scored off Shane Whitfield's pass to start the decisive rally.

Campbell (7-5) hit eight-straight free throws in the last 1:22, while Stetson missed on its final four shots of the day.

Chris Clemons led five Camels in double figures with 22 points, plus 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and no turnovers in 37 minutes.  Freshman Marcus Burk added a career-high 15 points on 5-of-7 threes, while Whitfield chipped in 14, Hamer 12 and Cory Gensler 10. Big South leader Andrew Eudy finished with a career-best five blocked shots.

Derick Newton led Stetson with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Rivera added 14 points and Divine Myles 13 for the Hatters, who shot 44 percent from the field, made 5-of-19 threes (.263) and 11-of-19 from the line.

Campbell finished the day shooting 47 percent from the floor, 8-of-18 from 3-point range (.444) and made 19-of-22 from the line (.864).  The Camels matched the Gore Arena record for fewest turnovers in a game (5), their lowest mark of the season.

The Camels hit 7 of their first 10 threes and rode a 14-3 run midway through the first half to take a double-digit lead.

After Luke Doyle's mid-range jumper pulled Stetson within 21-19 with 9:12 to play, Whitfield started the Camel flurry with a long jump shot.  Burk hit the first of his 4 first-half treys with 8:36 remaining.  Clemons threw down a right-handed jam in traffic, Burk hit a three from the right side and Clemons' acrobatic lay-in capped the burst and gave the Camels a 35-22 edge with 5:37 to go.

The Camels led by as many as 16 and took a 43-29 edge into the dressing room.  Campbell shot 55 percent (17-31) from the floor and 7-of-12 (.583) from 3-point distance while committing just two turnovers in the opening half.  Burk made 4-of-5 from the arc and led the Camels with 12 first-half points.

After intermission, Stetson was able to cut into the Campbell lead by driving to the hoop and getting to the free throw line.  The Hatters were in the bonus by the 10:48 mark and trimmed the gap to 60-56 with 10:19 to play on B.J. Glasford's 3-point play.

Whitfield's foul shots extended the Campbell lead to 70-60 with 6:11 to go before Stetson rallied.  Campbell made only one shot from the field in the final 6:00 and the Hatters pulled in front when Rivera's bucket capped a 10-0 flurry.  However, the Camels hit 12 of their final 13 from the line to wrap up their fourth win in the last five games and sixth in the last eight outings.

Notes:

  • Campbell led for 37:17 Thursday and only trailed twice – 4-2 with 16:57 to play in the first half and 72-71 with 2:23 left in the second.
  • Freshman guard Cory Gensler is 8-of-8 from 3-point range over the last two games after a 2-of-2 showing beyond the arc Thursday.  He has scored in double figures in 4-straight contests.
  • Chris Clemons, who entered the game as the nation's 14th-leading scorer, has topped the 20-point barrier nine times in 12 contests this year.
  • Burk hit a career-high scoring mark for the second-straight game following Monday's 14-point effort vs. Johnson & Wales.
  • Campbell went 2-2 against former conference foes this year with wins over VMI (Big South from 2011-2014) and Stetson (A-Sun) and losses to Samford (formerly of the A-Sun) and Stetson (A-Sun).
  • CU has now won its last six games vs. Stetson, but Thursday's game was the first between the schools since the Camels returned to the Big South in 2011-12.
  • Campbell starts Big South Conference play next Thursday (Dec. 29) at Longwood.