Liberty defeats Campbell 72-40; improves to 6-0 on road in Big South

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Lovell Cabbil scored 16 points and Liberty defeated Campbell 72-40 Saturday at Gore Arena.

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 12 points for the Flames (13-10, 8-2), who held Campbell to 26 percent shooting and moved into a three-way tie with UNC Asheville and Winthrop for first place in the Big South Conference standings.

Chris Clemons led Campbell (11-11, 4-6) with 12 points and became just the second player in Campbell men's basketball history to reach 500 points as a freshman and sophomore.  During pre-game ceremonies, the guard from Raleigh was presented a basketball in recognition of becoming only the third sophomore in league history to reach 1,000 career points.  He now has 1,060 in 52 games.

Two days after scoring 36 points in a 78-61 win at Radford in front of an ESPNU audience, Clemons was hounded by a Flames defense that limited the nation's sixth-leading scorer to 4-of-16 shooting and to nearly 12 points below his season average.

Liberty led 23-16 at half-time; then made 65 percent of its second-half shots to improve to 6-0 on the road in Big South play.  Campbell was held to season low shooting and scoring totals.  The Camels made just 4-of-25 three-pointers, while Liberty canned 10-of-23 on the day and finished the game shooting 52 percent overall from the field.

Marcus Burk's tip-in brought Campbell within 25-20 with 17:43 to play, but Liberty went on a 21-7 burst and led by as many as 32 down the stretch.  The Flames won their sixth in the last seven outings.

Khadre' Lane came off the Campbell bench to add nine points, his highest output since he scored 13 in the season opener.

Campbell returns to action Wednesday when the Camels host Gardner-Webb in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.