Campbell leads wire-to-wire in 76-60 win at Gardner-Webb

Chris Clemons
(Will Bratton photo)
Chris Clemons (Will Bratton photo)

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Chris Clemons scored 28 points and Campbell never trailed Wednesday night in a 76-60 win over host Gardner-Webb at Paul Porter Arena.

Shane Whitfield added 19 points for the Camels (10-7, 3-2 Big South), who led by as many as 23 in the first half and never allowed the Bulldogs to cut the gap to single digits.

Gardner-Webb (9-9, 2-3) entered the game as the Big South's top field goal shooting team (.487), but the Camels held the hosts to just 35 percent from the field (20-57), 32 percent (9-28) in the second half.

Clemons finished 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and made two keys plays after GWU trimmed the gap to 64-54 with 6:24 remaining.  His 25-foot 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 5:55 to go pushed the margin to 13; then the 5-foot-9 sophomore tipped in his own miss with 4:44 left for a 69-54 edge.

The nation's fifth-leading scorer at better than 23 points per game, Clemons added five assists and three steals.  Whitfield dealt three assists, while Kyre' Hamer chipped in nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Andrew Eudy had four blocks and three dishes, while Cory Gensler pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds for Campbell, which won the battle of the glass 43-37.

On the night, Campbell finished an even 50 percent from the floor (25-50), 5-of-13 from 3-point range and 21-of-36 (.583) from the line.

LaQuincy Rideau led Garnder-Webb with 17 points; Jamaal Robateau added 14 and Tyrell Nelson 11, plus 8 rebounds.  Nelson entered the game as the Big South's individual field goal shooting leader (.592), but was hounded into a 2-of-9 effort from the floor.

The Camels jumped to a 22-8 lead and extended the gap to as many as 23 in the first half when Cory Gensler's free throw capped a 16-4 run.

Clemons made 6-of-9 first-half shots, including 3-of-5 threes, and finished the period with 17 points, plus four assists.  Whitfield added 11 points and 3 assists in the opening stanza.

Campbell shot 61 percent (19-31) from the floor and produced its highest-scoring first half of the season to take a 50-32 edge at intermission.  Gardner-Webb, meanwhile, made just 11-of-29 from the floor before the break (38 percent).

After dropping an overtime decision at Boiling Springs in 2015 and a 3-point setback last season, the Camels ended a six-game losing streak on Gardner-Webb's home floor.

The Camels return home Saturday for a 12 noon start against pre-season Big South favorite Winthrop in a game that will be televised by the American Sports Network.