Bucs use second half rally to knock off Camels 60-43

Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)
Caroline Bowns (Will Bratton photo)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Charleston Southern rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and claimed a 60-43 victory over Campbell Tuesday night at the Buccaneer Field House. Caroline Bowns and MaKala Rouse led the Camels with nine points apiece.

Campbell (16-6, 8-3 BSC) used an 11-0 run to take a 31-18 lead at halftime. After the Camels made it 14-straight points early in the third period, Charleston Southern (13-9, 7-4) used a 22-3 run to take a 40-37 lead to the fourth period.

The Buccaneers extended their advantage to 49-37 with a 9-0 start to the final stanza. The Camels were able to cut the deficit back to single digits at 51-43 with 4:11 to play on a Summer Price layup. However, those would be the final points the Camels would score as CSU ended the game with the last seven points to claim the win. Overall, the Bucs outscored the Camels 42-12 in the second half.

Despite the loss, the Camels still remain a tie for the lead in the Big South Conference standings by virtue of Radford's loss to Liberty. The Buccaneers' win Tuesday was just their second ever win over the Camels on their home court, but it was also the second-straight victory in the Buc Dome. CSU also avoids a season sweep after Campbell's 54-37 win in Buies Creek back on January 7.

Tuesday was also Campbell's first road loss in conference play and its first loss on the road since Nov. 16 at Mercer, the second game of the season.

Price, Campbell's leading scorer, was held to just six points, her lowest output in six games. She did lead CU on the boards with five rebounds and added three steals. Bowns connected on three three-pointers in the second period. Overall the Camels were held to .333 shooting from the field (16-for-48) and were plagued by 22 turnovers.

Rachel Burns and Ke'Asia Jackson combined for 43 points for Charleston Southern. Burns had a game-high 23 and Jackson added 20. Biranna Lakes recorded a game-high nine rebounds. CSU shot a sizzling .652 (15-23) from the field in the second half.

It was slow start offensively for both sides as the Bucs held just a 5-4 lead midway through the opening period. Brianna Cribb quickly re-gained the lead for the Camels with a layup outside of the first media timeout, but it was a 9-6 Buccaneer lead at the first intermission. Both sides were a combined 7-for-27 from the field in the opening stanza.

Bowns quickly tied the game at 9-9 with a triple in the opening possession of the second and the Camels took a 14-13 lead on a Rouse tray with 7:14 on the clock. CU went up 18-13 with the help of a 7-0 run but held a narrow 20-18 advantage after Burns nailed a triple with 3:36 left in the second.

Bowns immediately responded with a three on the other end and that triple sparked the long run over the final 3:08 the first half and sent the Camels to the halftime locker room with a 31-18 advantage. Bowns nailed another triple during the run and Breanna Foster connected with one from long range as well. Overall it was a 20-5 Camel run over the final 7:18 of the second.

Hayley Barber broke up CSU's third-period run with a triple to push the Camel lead back to six (37-31). However, an Elyse Kiploks layup with 1:23 on the clock knotted the game at 37-37. That bucket was a part of a 9-0 run to end the third as the Bucs took the three-point lead to the fourth.

The Camels will return home Saturday to take on UNC Asheville in the annual Play 4 Kay game at 2 p.m.