Campbell outscored the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team, 21-10 over the final six minutes to erase a seven-point Blue Hose lead and come away with the 83-79 win in Big South action Tuesday evening in Clinton, S.C. Davon Bell led the team with 26 points, with Reggie Dillard just one off with 25.
Scoring the Match
PC fell behind early in the first half, with a 14-3 run by Camels giving the visitors the 20-12 lead, 10:52 left. The Blue Hose clawed back to a three-point deficit, 25-28, over the next nine minutes, helped in part to a seven-point effort by Reggie Dillard. Chris Clemons scored five unanswered to make it an eight-point game again but PC closed out the half with a 10-4 run, highlighted by seven points from Davon Bell, to head into the locker room trailing by just two, 35-37.
The Blue Hose came out hot in the second half, outscoring the Camels, 13-4 in the first four minutes to jump out to a seven-point lead, 48-41. Campbell used a 13-7 run over the next five and a half minutes to cut the margin to just one, 55-54, 10:15 to go. In a half of runs, PC responded with an 11-4 offensive spurt to make it eight points, 66-58, 7:38 remaining.
Trailing by seven with 5:54 left, off a Bell three-pointer, Campbell scored six straight to cut the margin to one yet again, 68-69, 5:07 to go. Every time PC answered, Campbell came back with another score, with the margin not getting past three over the next several minutes. The Camels broke through with seven straight, capped by a Marcus Burk three-pointer, from the 2:41 mark to the just under a minute, to erase a three-point PC lead and turn it into a four-point margin for the Camels. Bell’s lay-up with 36 seconds left cut it to two, but Clemons hit both free throws on the PC foul to keep the Camels out front at the end, 83-79.
Player of the Match
Davon Bell led the team with 26 points, while Reggie Dillard added 25, helped by a four-of-seven from the perimeter. Bell paced the Blue Hose on the boards with six, and posted seven assists. Chris Clemons led Campbell with 28 points.
Stat of the Match
Both team shot over 50% for the game, with Campbell finishing with 54.5% and PC with 51.7%. The Blue Hose held the three-point advantage, hitting 10, compared to three for Campbell. The Camels controlled the paint, 50-30, and second chance points, 12-4, helped by a 33-24 edge in rebounds. Campbell hit 20 free throws, to PC’s nine. 16 of the 20 free throws came in the second half.
Davon Bell was one shy of his career-high with his 26 points off a career-best 11-of-20 from the field.
Davon Bell's 11 field goal attempts tied for seventh in the PC record book, his 20 field goal attempts tied for 12th.
For the Record
PC drops to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the league, while Campbell improves to 8-8, 2-2.
The Blue Hose host UNC Asheville Friday, Jan. 12, with tip-off slated for 7:00 P.M.
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