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Troy State Outlasts Campbell 88-81
BUIES CREEK, N.C. A 17-0 run early in the second
half propelled Troy State to an 88-81 Atlantic Sun men's basketball
win over Campbell on Wednesday night at Carter Gym.
Ben Fletcher led the Trojans (5-3, 2-1 A-Sun) with 24 points, including 6-of-10 three-point shots. Lacedrick Pettway added 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 treys), while Robert Rushing had 14 points and six assists. Lamayn Wilson, who entered the game as the A-Sun's leading scorer at over 20 points per game, added 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Adam Fellers scored a season-high 25 points, including 6 three-point field goals for the Camels (2-6, 0-3), who dropped their fifth-straight outing. Freshman Dominique Klein came off the bench to add a season-best 14 points (6-7 from the floor), while Tarick Johnson scored 14 (12 in the first half) and Bobby Jones added 10.
Fellers moved into 13th place on the all-time Campbell scoring list and now has 1258 points in 91 career games. He notched his fourth 20-plus point outing in eight games this year.
After the teams played to a 50-50 deadlock at halftime, Campbell took its largest lead of the game at five points. Threes from Brooks Lee and Fellers, plus a follow shot by Jones gave Campbell at 58-53 edge with 17:36 remaining. However, CU went scoreless over the next 6:23 and Troy reeled off 17 unanswered points.
Pettway and Fletcher each scored five points in the decisive rally that was capped by Herbert Evans' trey from the right wing with 11:45 to play that gave the Trojans a 70-58 advantage.
TSU led by as many as 13 points, but the Camels cut the gap to 82-76 on Klein's triple from the key that ended a 10-3 Camel rally with 2:33 to play. After Donnie Pemberton missed two free throws, Fellers fired long on a trey attempt that could have cut the gap to three. Campbell was unable to narrow the margin to fewer than six points and Troy hit 6-of-10 foul shots in the last 1:25 to seal the victory.
Troy State shot 55 percent (32-58) from the floor and 59 percent (13-22) from three-point range on the night. The Trojans made 61 percent (20-33) of their shots in the first half. Campbell made 49 percent of its attempts from the floor (30-61) and canned a season-high 13 three-pointers (in 29 tries). Troy State held a 34-29 edge on the glass.
The Trojans improved to 8-0 all-time vs. the Camels, but six of Troy State's victories in the series have come by seven, or fewer, points.
The Camels return to action on Friday in a 9:00 p.m. tip-off against Coastal Carolina at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.