Gardner-Webb tops Camels 80-68

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

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – LaQuincy Rideau scored 21 points and dealt seven assists to lead Gardner-Webb to an 80-68 win over Campbell Wednesday at Gore Arena.

Tyrell Nelson added 13 points and Liam O'Reilly chipped in 11 off the bench for Gardner-Webb (13-11, 6-5 Big South), which won its second-straight game and third in the last four outings.

Chris Clemons had 25 points for Campbell (12-12, 5-6), which dropped its second-straight outing.  Shane Whitfield and Marcus Burk scored 13 each, while Kyre' Hamer added 11 for the Camels.

After Mogga Lado's bucket put the Camels in front 13-12 with 12:53 left in the half, Gardner-Webb responded with a 14-2 run over the next 6:52.  The Runnin' Bulldogs made 9-of-10 shots in one span and led 43-27 at the break.

Cory Gensler's lay-in with 14:45 to play capped a 10-0 Camel flurry and cut the Bulldogs lead to 48-37, but Campbell was unable to draw closer down the stretch.

Gardner-Webb shot 57 percent (28-49) from the floor and made 8-of-12 threes. Despite entering as the Big South's worst free throw shooting team at 59.5 percent, the Runnin' Bulldogs hit 16-of-19 from the line (.842).

Rideau finished 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the arc and 7-of-8 from the line. O'Reilly hit 3-of-4 treys for GWU, which made 4-of-5 from long range in the second half.

Campbell made 43.6 percent (24-55) of its shots, 8-of-23 triples (.348), and 12-of-15 from the stripe. Clemons moved past Marshall Lovett (1064 points from 1972-76) into 24th place on Campbell's all-time scoring list. A 5-foot-9 sophomore from Raleigh, Clemons now has 1085 points in 53 career games and has tallied at least 20 points 16 times this season.  He entered the game as the nation's eighth-leading scorer at 22.9 points per game.

Gardner-Webb hit 57 percent of its shots in the first half and held a 13-0 edge in points off turnovers.  Campbell made just 36 percent of its first-half attempts, 5-of-13 threes, and only 2-of-2 from the line. 

Wednesday's contest was nearly a mirror turnaround from last month's Campbell win at Boiling Springs.  On Jan. 11, the Camels led by as many as 23, and Gardner-Webb never cut the gap to single digits in the final half of a 76-60 decision.

The Camels return to action Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at Winthrop