Clemons scores 36; Camels win 78-61 at Radford in front of ESPNU audience

Chris Clemons
(Savannah Wood photo)
Chris Clemons (Savannah Wood photo)

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RADFORD, VA. – Chris Clemons scored 36 points and Campbell defeated Radford 78-61 Thursday in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU at the Dedmon Center.

The nation's eighth-leading scorer, Clemons made 13-of-24 shots, including 4-of-10 threes, and 6-of-7 from the line to go along with five rebounds and four steals.  He finished just one point shy of his career-high 37 which he scored on Jan. 4 in a win over Charleston Southern.

Shane Whitfield added 16 points and Kyre' Hamer 15 for Campbell (11-10, 4-5), which shot 57 percent from the floor to end a 3-game losing streak.

Justin Cousin led Radford (9-12, 4-5) with 18 points, including 5-of-9 threes, while Ed Polite, Jr., collected his 10th double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Radford dropped to 1-4 at home against Big South competition this year after shooting 41 percent on the game.

Campbell wrapped a 17-2 lead around halftime, led by double figures for the final 21:26, and by as many as 21.  The Camels hit 10-of-19 threes and 10-of-12 from the line while winning their second-straight league road game.

Clemons scored 20 first-half points on 7-of-10 shooting and had seven in a 10-0 run as the Camels pushed the lead to 37-23 with 39 seconds to play.  Whitfield had five points and Clemons two as Campbell scored the first seven points of the final half to move in front 44-25 with 18:04 to play and prompt a Radford timeout.

Cousin and Christian Bradford connected on triples and Polite scored on a drive in the lane to spark an 8-0 Radford flurry and bring the Highlanders within 57-44 with 8:52 remaining.  However, Cory Gensler answered with a corner three and Radford drew no closer than 14 down the stretch.

The Camels led 37-25 at the break after hitting 14-of-22 shots (.636), including 4-of-7 threes. Clemons, Hamer (8) and Whitfield (7) combined for 35 points before the break as the Camels held a 10-3 edge in points off turnovers.

Radford shot just 32 percent (9-28) in the first half, but had a 12-0 advantage in second-chance points before intermission.

The Highlanders entered the game as the Big South's top rebounding team (+4.5), but finished with only a 31-28 edge on the glass. Campbell did not surrender a second-chance point in the final period.

Campbell returns home to face Liberty Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. start.