BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Jeremy Ingram scored a season-high 29 points and NC Central rode a strong second half performance to defeat Campbell 62-43 Monday night at Gore Arena.
NC Central (2-1) trailed 36-31 with 18:38 left before going on a 16-1 run that extended to 27-4. Campbell (2-2) made its first 7 three-point field goals and led by as many as 11 early on, but shot just 10.5 percent (2-19) from the floor in the second period.
Ingram scored 17 points in the final half – 12 in the decisive burst – and finished the night 9-of-20 from the floor, 3-of-7 from 3-point distance and 8-of-10 from the line. Jay Copeland added 9 points and 9 rebounds, while point guard Emanuel Chapman contributed 7 assists and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Central shot just 40 percent from the field, but finished with a 13-3 edge in second-chance points and converted 15 Campbell miscues into an 18-1 advantage in points off turnovers. The Eagles out-rebounded Campbell 38-27 and hit 16-of-22 (.727) from the line.
"NC Central is a very good team that won a lot of games last year and is very well-coached," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. "I thought when we made our first seven threes, it was a bit of fool's gold, but we'll learn from it. We're going to get better together."
The Camels made their first seven 3-point shots and led 22-11 after Andrew Ryan hit the second of two free throws to cap a 10-2 run with 12:22 left in the opening period. CU, however, missed 7 of its next 8 field goal attempts and Central answered with a 14-2 burst to take a 25-24 lead on Ingram's drive with 7:01 to go.
CU led 34-30 at the break thanks to 52 percent shooting (13-25), including 7-of-12 from 3-point distance. NC Central stayed close by scoring 7 points of 7 Campbell turnovers and taking a 7-0 advantage in second-chance points.
Campbell returns to action Wednesday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Cincinnati.