Appalachian State edges Campbell 77-74

Eric Griffin
(photo by Dave Mayo)
Eric Griffin (photo by Dave Mayo)

BOONE, N.C. – Andre Williamson scored 16 points, including the last five of the game and Appalachian State held off Campbell 77-74 Thursday night at the Holmes Center.

Marvelle Harris missed the second of two free throws that could have tied the game at 75 with 4.4 seconds to go and Williamson rebounded; then knocked down a pair from the line with 3.1 seconds remaining.

Lorne Merthie's deep three-pointer at the buzzer missed to the right and Campbell (8-5) suffered its second-straight loss in the final seconds.  On Monday, UNCW claimed a 67-65 win on a tip-in with 1.4 seconds to play.

Omar Carter added 16 points and Tab Hamilton 11 for Appalachian (5-6), which ended a four-game losing streak by making 10-of-20 threes.

Eric Griffin topped the Camels with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the week.  Darren White added 15 and Trey Freeman 14 for the Camels, who shot 51 percent (28-55) from the floor, 62.5 percent (15-24) from the stripe.

Campbell made 11 of its first 15 shots used a 14-3 run to build a 29-17 lead with 8:59 remaining.  However, the Mountaineers closed the period on a 20-7 flurry as threes accounted for their last four baskets and led 37-36 at the break.

The Camels shot 13-of-23 (.565) from the field in the opening half and held a 16-8 edge in the paint. Appalachian, however, made 7-of-12 treys (.583) in the first period.

Carter scored 12 first-half points for Appalachian.  Griffin and White scored 8 each for the Camels.

The Camels return to action next Thursday (Dec. 29) in a 7:00 p.m. start against NC State in Reynolds Coliseum.