ETSU edges Camels 56-55 on late layup

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Tianna Tarter hit the game-winning layup with 2.1 seconds on the clock to complete a 13-point fourth period comeback and lead East Tennessee State to a 56-55 victory over Campbell on Tuesday night at Gore Arena. MaKala Rouse led three Camels (3-3) in double-figure scoring with 15 points.

Caroline Bowns scored 10 points off the bench with the help of three three's. Breanna Foster hit a pair of three's en route to a 10-point outing while Hannah Long finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Brianna Cribb scored six points with three assists and a steal.

A six point Camel lead was cut to 53-51 with a jumper by Tarter and two free throws by Shamauria Bridges with 1:45 left to play. Campbell's lead was three after Cribb hit a free throw with 1:12 on the clock, but was cut to just 55-54 with 46 seconds left after Shadasia Tipps hit two at the line.

Campbell had the ensuing possession but the Buccaneers (5-4) forced a shot clock violation with 16 seconds left to play. ETSU took possession and Tarter drove into the lane off a screen at the top of the key. She would hit a contested layup to give the Bucs their first lead since the first possession of the second half.

Campbell had one final attempt at a game-winner of its own but Cribb's long inbound pass was picked off at midcourt as the clock expired on the ETSU win. Tarter led all scorers with 20 points while Bridges scored 10. Tipps had a team-high eight rebounds while Micah Norris chipped in nine points and five steals.

After the Camels held a one-point halftime lead, the margin stayed the same at 30-29 after Bowns and Carley Lytton exchanged three's midway through the third period. However, a Foster layup kick started a 10-0 Camel run to give Campbell a 40-29 advantage with 2:19 left in the third.

Norris finally broke up a 5:20 ETSU scoring drought with 20 seconds on the clock, but two free throws by Rouse made it a 12-2 Camel run over the final 5:12 of the third period to send CU to the fourth with a 42-31 advantage.

CU's largest lead of the game came off a Long layup to open the final period's scoring that increased the advantage to 13. The Camels quickly saw their lead fall to seven with back-to-back Tarter three pointers, but still held that margin when Rouse made the score 51-44 with 3:54 left to play.

Campbell out-scored ETSU 24-16 in the paint and held a higher shooting percentage at .429 (18-for-42) compared to just .370 by the Bucs (20-for-54). The rebounds were deadlocked at 31-31, but ETSU forced 25 Camel turnovers and held an 18-5 advantage in second chance points.

Layups by Rouse and Cribb gave the Camels an early 5-2 advantage midway through the first period. Tarter drained a three pointer to end a nearly five minute Buc scoring drought and knot the game at 5-5.

Bowns and Norris exchanged trays to tie the game at 8-8 before back-to-back ETSU baskets pushed the advantage to 12-8 with 31 seconds on the clock. A Long free throw with under a second to play in the opening frame set the score at 12-9 at the first intermission.

Three minutes into the second period, a Rouse triple gave CU the lead back at 14-13. The advantage changed hands four times over the next two minutes of action before a Foster three pointer pushed the Camel lead to 21-17 with 2:59 to play in the second. ETSU tallied three more points in the final minutes of the first half as the Camel lead was trimmed to 21-20 at halftime.

Following a short break for exams, the Camels will return to action in a week (Dec. 13) against St. Augustine's in the annual education day game inside Gore Arena with an 11:45 AM tip.