Liberty holds off Campbell 61-54

Chris Clemons
(Kaitlyn Becker Johnson photo)
Chris Clemons (Kaitlyn Becker Johnson photo)

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LYNCHBURG, VA. – Lovell Cabbil scored a career-high 21 points and Liberty defeated Campbell 61-54 Saturday at the Vines Center.

Liberty led by as many as 14 in the second half before holding off a late Camel comeback.  Campbell trimmed the gap to 48-44 with 2:28 remaining, but Cabbil answered with a 3-point play and the Flames made 11 of 13 from the line in the final 1:35.

Chris Clemons led the Camels (9-7, 2-2) with 25 points, while Shane Whitfield had 11 in just 18 minutes due to foul trouble.  Both teams shot below 40 percent from the floor, but Campbell committed 17 turnovers, 14 more than in its 10-point win Wednesday over Charleston Southern.

The nation's fourth-leading scorer at more than 23 points per game, Clemons hit 8-of-10 free throws, 3-of-10 triples and finished 7-of-17 overall from the field. Freshman Cory Gensler pulled down a season-high 9 rebounds for Campbell, which finished with a 34-27 advantage on the boards.

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 11 points and John Dawson 10 for Liberty (8-9, 3-1), which had only seven miscues and finished with a 13-6 edge in points off turnovers.

The Camels trailed 36-26 at halftime and 40-26 with 17:10 to go, but Liberty made only one of its next 12 shots and Andrew Eudy's tip-in pulled CU within 42-36 with 7:59 remaining.  Twice CU narrowed the gap to four in the last 3:05, but the Camels could get no closer.

Campbell finished the day shooting 38.6 percent (17-44) from the line and hit 5 of 18 threes (.278).  The Big South's best free throw shooting team, CU did made 15-of-18 from the stripe (.833).

Liberty was 19-of-49 (.388) from the field, made 5-of-21 threes (.238), but hit 18-of-22 foul shots (.818).

Liberty made 10-straight shots at one point in the opening half and took a 29-18 lead when Cabbil hit a 3 from the right wing with 5:05 to play.

The Flames converted three "and-ones" and made 4-of-9 triples in the opening half, while shooting 54 percent from the floor (13-24).  Cabbil had 15 first-half points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Clemons led the Camels with 10 points in the opening half.  CU made 10-of-22 shots (45.5 percent) in the first half, 3-of-10 beyond the arc.

Campbell returns to action Wednesday in a 7 p.m. start at Gardner-Webb.