Campbell advances to CIT quarters with 73-56 win over UT Martin

Chris Clemons
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Chris Clemons (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Chris Clemons scored 26 points and Campbell defeated UT Martin 73-56 in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament Monday at Gore Arena.

Marcus Burk added 15 points, Cory Gensler 10 and Damontez Oliver 9 for the Camels (19-17), who won their second-straight and sixth in the last seven outings.

Campbell, which knocked down 13 three-pointers against the Ohio Valley Conference runner-up, will play this weekend in the CIT quarterfinals. Pairings, sites, dates and times will be announced Tuesday. 

Jacolby Mobley led UT Martin (22-13) with 27 points, 19 in the second half, on 9-of-23 shooting. Chandler Rowe, Kahari Beaufort and Malik Pugh added 8 apiece for the Skyhawks, who shot just 33.9 percent for the game.

The nation's third-leading scorer at 25.3 points per game, Clemons made 10-of-17 shots, including 3-of-7 triples, pulled down six rebounds, dealt three assists and made four steals. He ignited a 21-4 first-half Camel run that gave CU the lead for good with a driving layup then a drive and kick to Gensler for a corner three.

Oliver knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the flurry and his left corner trey with 6:34 to play in the period put the Camels in front 30-15.

Campbell led 37-19 at the break, thanks in part to 8-of-16 shooting beyond the arc.  Back-to-back treys by Clemons and Burk pushed the margin to 24 (45-21) with 17:37 remaining. 

After Clemons' triple left CU in front 48-25 with 14:25 to go, Mobley nearly engineered a UTM comeback.  He had 19 points in a stretch when the Skyhawks outscored the Camels 26-11 and capped the burst with an old-fashioned 3-point play that brought UTM within 59-51 with 6:28 to go.

However, Andrew Eudy, who had four blocks, hit an elbow jumper to start a final 14-2 push as UTM missed eight-straight shots and committed four turnovers until Malik Pugh's triple with 14 seconds to play accounted for the game's final points.

Campbell finished the night 26-of-59 from the field (.441), hit 13-of-31 threes, and 8-of-10 from the line, while committing just eight turnovers. UTM, which eliminated Big South regular season co-champ UNC Asheville last week while hitting 13-of-22 triples, made only 8-of-27 (.296) from long distance Monday night  and 10-of-17 (.588) from the stripe.

The Camels finished with a 41-36 advantage on the boards against a taller UTM team that entered the game ranked 22nd in the nation in offensive rebounds.  CU finished with a 24-16 edge on points in the paint and 15-12 in second-chance points.

2017 CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament
(all times Eastern)

First Round
Monday, March 13
Liberty 73, Norfolk State 64

Tuesday, March 14
Saint Francis (Pa.) 78, Jacksonville 76
Campbell 98, Houston Baptist 79
Samford 78, Canisius 74

Wednesday, March 15
Fort Wayne 88, Ball State 80
UMBC 88, Fairfield 83
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 80, Georgia State 64
Idaho 73, Stephen F. Austin 50

Thursday, March 16
Saint Peter's 59, Albany 55
Furman 79, USC Upstate 57
UT Martin 89, UNC Asheville 75
Texas State 70, Lamar 60
Weber State 80, Cal State Fullerton 76

Second Round

Saturday, March 18
UMBC 87, St. Francis (Pa.) 79

Monday, March 20
Campbell 73, UT Martin 56
Liberty 66, Samford 58
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 82, Weber State 73

Wednesday, March 22
Idaho at Texas State (8:00)

Quarterfinals
(Furman, St. Peter's, Fort Wayne earn bye into quarterfinals)
March 24-26

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 29 | CBS Sports Network (7:00 & 9:00)

Championship
Friday, March 31 | CBS Sports Network (9:00)