DeSean Murray scored 24 points, including 16 in the second half, to propel the Blue Hose men's basketball team to the 70-63 win over Campbell at the Pope Center in Buies Creek, N.C. PC shot 62.5% in the second half
PC, which returns home Wednesday, Jan. 6 for a 7 p.m., contest against Longwood, improves to6-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big South. Campbell drops to 8-6, 2-2. The road win marked the first time PC has won outside of the Templeton Center since a Feb. 12, 2015, victory at UNC Asheville.
Five straight from Campbell to open the second game the Camels a 34-32 lead with just over 17 to play, but it was back to back lay-ups by Murray to make it a two point contest, 36-34, 16:16 left.
For the next several minutes both teams traded baskets with PC not able to take more than a four-point lead, including 46-42, 10:16 on the clock.
PC took its largest lead of the half off an Austin Venable basket at 7:37 to make it 54-48. Chris Clemons hit his second three-pointer in a span of am minute to cut the margin to three, 54-51, 7:16 on the clock. A Mason layup just over a minute later made it a one-point game.
Another Clemons three-pointer made it a two-point game, 63-61, just over a minute to play, but a PC basket and by Davon Bell and two free throws by Murray increased the lead back to six.
The Camels cut the lead to four in the final minute but PC hit five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the key Big South road win, 70-63.
The first half was a game of runs and three pointers with both teams combining for nine treys in the opening eight minutes. Will Adams connected on a season-high four, including two in an 8-2 run to break a 13-13 tie and give the Blue Hose a six-point, 21-15, lead with 10:47 to go before intermission.
Campbell reversed the run, going on an 8-2 one themselves over the next three and a half minutes to tie the game at 23-23, 7:22 on the clock. A Reggie Dillard three-pointer snapped the deadlock to give PC a three-point lead, 5:48 left.
A jumper by Kyre’ Hamer gave Campbell its first lead since the 16th minute as the Camels made it 27-26, before Murray’s basket at 2:52 took the Blue Hose back up by one.
PC led by five, 32-27, with just under a minute to play, but D.J. Mason’s jumper with four seconds to go, cut the margin to three at half, 32=29.
Following Murray, who posted his fourth double-double of the season, was Adams with his 12 points. Mason paced Campbell with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
PC shot 48.2% for the game, compared to 41.8% for Campbell. The Blue Hose were edged in rebounds, 35-32, but had four less turnovers, 9-13. The Blue Hose hit seven three-pointers, with Campbell connecting on eight. Both teams were nine-of-14 from the charity stripe.