Camels fall at Hot-Shooting High Point 98-60

Trey Freeman 
(photo by Will Bratton)
Trey Freeman (photo by Will Bratton)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior Nick Barbour scored a career-high 44 points in his final home game and High Point defeated Campbell 98-60 Wednesday night at the Millis Center.

Fellow senior Shay Shine added 16 points as the Panthers hit 57 percent from the field and knocked down 11-of-23 threes.  Barbour hit 11-of-17 from the floor, 7-of-10 from 3-point range and 15-of-17 free throws.

Justin Cheek and Corey Law came off the bench to add 10 points each for High Point, which hit 25-of-31 (.806) from the line to gain a regular season split with the Camels.

The Panthers (12-17, 8-10 Big South) led 51-17 at halftime, shooting 59 percent before the break as Barbour contributed 23 on 6-of-8 from the floor (4-of-5 threes) and 7-of-8 from the stripe.

Campbell (17-13, 11-6) suffered through its worst shooting (.250) and lowest-scoring half of the year as High Point converted 8 CU miscues into an 11-0 edge in points off turnovers.

Xavier Martin's drive to the basket capped a 16-0 High Point run and gave the Panthers a 39-9 lead with 4:02 left in the period.

Barbour became High Point's leading scorer in the school's Division I era when he hit a pull-up jumper with 53.5 seconds left in the opening half.  He moved into 4th place on the Big South career scoring list in the process.

Before High Point's hot-shooting first half, Campbell had not trailed by more than 29 points at any mark throughout the year. 

Trey Freeman and Darren White led Campbell with 18 points each, while Rico Ferguson chipped in 10.  Eric Griffin, who entered the game as the Big South's 6th-leading scorer, finished with only 2 points, the lowest in his 2-year career.  Griffin only played 14 minutes and did not return after he was whistled for a technical foul with 4:53 left in the first half.

A guard from Danville, Va., White now has 508 points, breaking the school's Division I era (since '77-78) junior class scoring record (495) set by Mark Mocnik in 1991-92.

Despite entering the game ranked fourth in the country in field goal percentage, Campbell shot just 36 percent (20-55) from the floor, including 4-of-22 from 3-point distance.

The Camels close the regular season Saturday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Liberty.  The game will be televised regionally by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).