Late tip-in lifts Longwood over Camels 79-77 in Big South opener

Kyre' Hamer
(Mike Kropf photo)
Kyre' Hamer (Mike Kropf photo)

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FARMVILLE, VA. – Darrion Allen tipped in his own miss with six seconds to play and Longwood defeated Campbell 79-77 in the Big South Conference opener Thursday night at Willett Hall.

In a back-and-forth game that saw 14 ties and 13 lead changes, the Lancers (4-8, 1-0) withstood a Camel rally over the last 5:06.

Six-foot-six forward Khris Lane scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting to lead four Longwood players in double figures.  Allen finished with 19 points, including 10-of-11 from the line, Isaiah Walton added 16 plus seven assists, while JaShaun Smith had 11 points.

The nation's ninth-leading scorer, Clemons led the Camels (7-6, 0-1) with 24 points (his 10th 20-plus point scoring effort of the year) and 8 rebounds.  He had all 12 of his second-half points in the last 5:06 as the Camels erased a nine-point deficit to take the lead three times.

Kyre' Hamer added a season-high 19 points and Shane Whitfield chipped in 19, plus four assists for the Camels, who lost for just the second time in the last six outings.

Longwood hit 11 of its first 16 field goals in the final half and took its largest lead 67-58 on Allen's drive with 5:57 to play that capped a 12-0 run.

Campbell went 5:32 without a field goal before Clemons' triple from the left wing with 5:06 to go helped start a 12-2 run. Damontez Oliver's right side triple tied the score at 70 with 2:55 to play and Clemons' free throws put Campbell in front 72-70 with 2:12 to go.

Clemons made the second of two foul shots with 1:00 remaining to give the Camels a 75-74 edge, but Walton's deep right wing triple pushed the Lancers back in front 77-75 with 45 seconds left. Clemons then made a 15-foot jumper off the dribble to tie the score with 33 seconds to go.

With two seconds difference on the game and shot clock, Longwood called time out with 18 seconds remaining. Allen drove down the right side and missed his initial attempt, but following with a right-handed tip-in with 6 seconds to go.  Clemons' at the horn bounced off the rim.

Longwood shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half, 54.9 percent for the game, made 7-of-12 threes (.583) and 16-of-20 (.800) from the line.  Campbell hit 48 percent of its shots, 9-of-17 (.529) from 3-point range and 10-of-11 (.909) from the stripe.  The Camels finished with a 28-10 edge in points off turnovers.

In an opening half that saw six lead changes and four ties, the Camels and Lancers went to the dressing room tied at 35.  Campbell hit its first four triples and finished 5-of-10 beyond the arc, while shooting 47 percent from the field overall.  Hamer scored 13 first-half points and Clemons had 12 for the Camels before intermission.

Lane scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field in the first half for Longwood.  The Lancers made 14-of-27 shots from the floor (.519) and 3-of-5 threes before the break.

Campbell returns to action Saturday when it hosts Presbyterian in a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.  Admission will be free for the New Year's Eve matinee.