Big second half lifts Charleston Southern over Campbell 91-73

Marvelle Harris
(photo by Will Bratton)
Marvelle Harris (photo by Will Bratton)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern canned 13 threes and defeated Campbell 91-73 in Big South Conference men's basketball action Thursday at CSU Fieldhouse.

Kelvin Martin led four players (10-5, 4-1) in double figures with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting as the host Buccaneers dealt Campbell (9-7, 3-1) its first league setback of the year.

Jeremy Sexton (3-of-5 threes) added 15 points, Mathiang Muo 14 (4-of-6 from long range) and Sheldon Strickland 10 for the Bucs.  CSU improved to 7-0 at home and handed Campbell its sixth-straight road loss.

Eric Griffin led the Camels with 23 points on 8-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line, plus 11 rebounds.  Marvelle Harris scored a season-high 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while pulling down 8 boards.  Darren White had 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while Trey Freeman was held to a season-low 2 points after entering the game with a 16.3 scoring average.

After Rico Ferguson's 3-point play with 15:14 to go cut the CSU lead to 56-50, the Bucs reeled off a 23-9 run.  CSU made 15 of its first 22 shots, including 5 of 7 threes, over the first 14:35 of the final period and led by as many as 22 down the stretch.

On the night, CSU made 13-of-28 (.464) triples and shot an even 50 percent (31-62) from the floor, 59 percent (16-27) after intermission.  The Bucs finished with a 12-0 edge in fast-break points.

Campbell hit 46.6 percent (27-58) of its attempts, but only 2-of-15 from 3-point range.

The Bucs jumped to a 10-2 lead and held a 35-28 edge before the Camels rallied.  A 9-1 Campbell burst, capped by Griffin's bucket gave CU its first lead (37-36) with 1:42 remaining in the half.

Charleston Southern led 43-39 at the break after hitting 7-of-18 (.389) from 3-point range.  Campbell shot 47 percent (15-32) from the field in the opening period and converted 9 offensive boards into a 13-5 edge in second chance points.

Campbell continues its two-game swing through the Palmetto State Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Presbyterian.