HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point closed the game on a 20-6 run and defeated Campbell 59-49 Thursday at the Millis Center.
The Panthers (15-14, 9-8 Big South) trailed 43-39 after Shane Whitfield's layup with 8:43 to play. However, the Camels (13-16, 6-11) made only one shot from the floor over the final 8:00 and dropped their third-straight game.
Chris Clemons, who led the Camels with 23 points, hit both ends of a one-and-one with 3:27 to play to bring CU within 47-46.
However, Anthony Lindauer knocked down a deep three on the next possession; then Luke Vargo hit a corner three (only his seventh triple of the season) at the end of the shot clock to make it 53-46 with 2:24 left.
Miles Bowman, Jr. added an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:44 to go and the Panther lead was 10 (56-46) before Marcus Burk's trey ended the Camel drought from the field with 1:38 to play.
High Point clinched a bye into next week's Big South Championship quarterfinal round. Campbell will host a first-round game at Gore Arena next Tuesday (Feb. 28).
Tarique Thompson led High Point with 14 points, while Lindauer added 10. The High Point bench outscored Campbell's reserves 27-2.
Campbell finished the night 17-of-48 from the field (.354), but made only 7-of-24 (.292) in the final half. CU entered the game as the top free throw shooting team in the Big South (.743), but made just 10-of-17 (.588) from the stripe.
High Point hit 40.9 percent of its shots (18-44), but was 18-of-22 from the line (.818). Campbell out-rebounded the Panthers 33-30.
On the strength of a 12-2 run, High Point opened up a 20-10 lead after Jalen Williams' drive with 7:54 left in the opening half.
However, 3-straight triples – the first from Cory Gensler and last two from Clemons – ended a 12-0 Camel burst and put CU back ahead 22-20 with 3:51 to play.
The game was tied at 26 at the half after Campbell limited the hosts to just 32 percent shooting from the field (9-28). The Camels hit 41.7 percent (10-24) of their first-half shots. Clemons (14 first half points) was 6-of-9 from the field before the break.
The nation's fourth-leading scorer, Clemons moved by John Heckstall (1200), Wayne Sanford (1195), Tony Britto (1191) and Pete Wish (1188) into 16th place on Campbell's career points list with 1210 in 58 games.
Campbell closes the regular season at home Saturday in a 4:30 p.m. start against Radford.