A close battle for much of the first half, Campbell opened the second with a 28-7 run to pull away from the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team and take the 91-61 win in Big South action Saturday evening at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. DeSean Murray (Stanley, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points, his 16th 20-point game of the season.
PC drops to 8-17 overall and 3-11 in the Big South, while the Camels improve to 10-15, 4-11. The Blue Hose are next in action against UNC Asheville, Thursday, Feb. 18, with tip-off at Templeton Center set for 7 p.m.
A back and forth battle in first half, evidenced by 10 ties and three lead changes, Murray proved to be the early star with 18 points off an eight-of-nine effort from the field.
One of the largest leads for either team early in the the first half was five after Campbell used a three from Troy Harper and a tip-n from D.J. Mason during the fifth and sixth minutes to take a 32-27 lead with 5:26 to go before intermission.
PC cut it to just one when Murray connected on his eighth basket of the night, while Austin Venable added a lay-up at the 3:54 mark, to make it 32-31, in favor of the visitors.
The Camels responded with back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from Chris Clemons, igniting a 15-5 run over the final three-and-a-half minutes, the Blue Hose points coming from a three from Reggie Dillard and a lay-up from Ruben Arroyo, to head to the locker room with the 47-36 lead.
Campbell opened the second half on a 28-7 run to build a 32-point, 75-53 lead, 8:56 to go in the game. Highlighting the Blue Hose during that stretch though was a dunk by Murray and a lay-up by Dillard to make it a 12-point contest early the opening minute and a half.
PC cut the margin to 26 off a three from Arroyo at 4:26 and 25 off two free throws from Dillard at 3:46, but that would be as close as the home team would get with Campbell taking the eventual 91-61 win.
Following Murray and his 20 points was Dillard with 12 to add to his team-leading seven rebounds. Arroyo added 12 points as well. Clemons led Campbell with 18 points after he went four-of-six from beyond the three-point arc. Harper, with his three three-pointers, finished the night with 18 points as well. Mason was tops on the boards with seven.
PC finished the game shooting 54.8% from the field (23-of-42), with Campbell hitting 58.2% off a 32-of-55 effort. Turnovers were a big part of the game with the Blue Hose committing 19, compared to six for the Camels, resulting in a 36-6 margin in points off turnovers for the visitors. Rebounds were close with PC holding the 27-23 advantage.
PC hit 12-of-21 free throws, while Campbell was 14-of-19. The Camels were 13-of-24 from the three-point arc, PC three-of-10. The 13 threes was a season-high for opponents against the Blue Hose.