Clemons hits 1,000-point level, but High Point rallies by Camels 83-78

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

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Andre Fox and Anthony Lindauer led five High Point players in double figures with 16 points each and the Panthers defeated Campbell 83-78 Thursday night at Gore Arena.

Campbell's Chris Clemons became just the third sophomore in Big South Conference history to reach 1,000 career points in his 49th game, but the Panthers (9-10, 3-4) finished with a 24-9 edge in second chance points to win their second-straight game.

Tarique Thompson added 14 points, while Miles Bowman Jr. and Ricky Madison had 10 each for High Point, which finished with a 35-20 advantage on the glass and grabbed 15 on the offensive end.

High Point trailed 41-35 at half-time, but the Panthers made 21-of-22 from the line (.955) while shooting 50 percent from the floor, including 8-of-14 triples.

Clemons finished with a game-high 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, a trio of threes and 8-of-9 from the stripe and became the 27th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point barrier.  Shane Whitfield added 14 points and Kyre' Hamer 13 for the Camels (10-9, 3-4), who shot 53 percent (28-53) from the floor, and hit 15-of-19 from the stripe (.789).

Lindauer and Thompson scored 6 points apiece in a 15-1 High Point run to give the Panthers a 56-50 lead after Fox scored with 12:40 to play.  Mogga Lado had a pair of stick backs and Clemons' pullup three gave the lead back to the Camels (61-60) with 8:53 remaining.

Marcus Burk's trey off Clemons' assist tied the score at 66 with 7:08 to play, but High Point responded with a 9-2 spurt and the Camels didn't get closer than three the rest of the way.

After Clemons hit the 1,000-point mark with a steal and old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:41 to go, the High Point lead was just 77-74.  Clemons then stole the ball from Jamal Wright, but his deep triple with 1:04 left missed long. Bowman pulled down his 10th defensive board of the night; then the Big South's leading free throw shooter (88.2 percent) knocked down a pair of foul shots with 1:00 to play.

Hamer made two from the line to draw CU within 79-76 with 44 seconds left.  The Camels earned the initial stop, but the Panthers followed with two offensive boards and Lindauer (8-of-8 from the lihne) converted two from the stripe for a five-point edge with 16 seconds to go.

Campbell jumped to a 20-12 lead and held a 41-35 edge in the opening half that saw both teams at least 50 percent from the field.

Clemons scored 15 first-half points on 3-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-4 threes and 7-of-8 from the line.  Whitfield added 10 points and Hamer nine before the break as the Camels hit 14-of-27 from the floor (52 percent), 4-of-11 from 3-point distance and 9-of-12 from the line.

Fox led High Point with nine first-half points, making all three of his shots beyond the arc.  The Panthers connected on half of their first-period shots, made 4-of-7 triples and 5-of-5 from the line.

The Camels head to defending Big South champion UNC Asheville Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.