Campbell defeats Presbyterian 70-57 to sweep season series

Shane Whitfield
(Shawn Knox/Presbyterian Media Relations)
Shane Whitfield (Shawn Knox/Presbyterian Media Relations)

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CLINTON, S.C. – Chris Clemons scored 23 points to lead four Camels in double figures and Campbell defeated Presbyterian 70-57 Saturday at the Templeton Center.

Campbell (13-13, 6-8 Big South) never trailed and won its second-straight game after knocking down 11 three-pointers while holding the Blue Hose to 39 percent shooting.

Clemons, the nation's sixth-leading scorer, hit his season average and tied a career high with six threes.  Ky're Hamer added 15 points, 13 in the second half, while Cory Gensler and Shane Whitfield chipped in 11 apiece for the Camels, who shot 51 percent from the floor. Andrew Eudy contributed eight points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Ed Drew led Presbyterian (5-20, 1-13) with 13 points, while Jaron Withers (12) and Armel Tete (10) both added career highs off the bench.  Presbyterian lost its fourth-straight game and its 14th in the last 15 outings.

The Camels led by as many as 14 and by 37-27 at the half. PC cut the margin to 45-41 on Darius Moore's triple with 12:22 to play, but Hamer answered at the other end with a corner three.  TeTe's bucket with 4:45 to go brought PC within 57-49, but Hamer canned a triple at the end of the shot clock with 3:30 remaining and PC never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Campbell made 8-of-9 from the line over the last 3:04 to seal the first season sweep in the series that started in 2011-12.

The Camels jumped to a 15-4 lead and took a 37-27 edge into halftime.  CU hit 5 of its first 9 threes, 8-of-16 in the opening half, and led by as many as 14.

Clemons scored 16 first-half points, including 5-of-9 from long range, while Gensler had 11 before the break.

Presbyterian shot just 36 percent from the floor (10-28) in the first period and had just one triple in six attempts.

The Camels continue a two-game road stretch Wednesday at Charleston Southern (7:30).