Camels hold off Georgia Southern 69-63

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 02:50 PM

Campbell held off a late rally and defeated visiting Georgia Southern 69-63 Monday night at Gore Arena to sweep a two-game season series from the Eagles.
Freshman point guard Quinton Ray scored all 10 of his points in the second half and made both ends of a one-and-one chance with 22.3 seconds left.  One month ago, Ray’s steal and lay-in at the buzzer gave the Camels a 75-73 victory in overtime in Statesboro, Ga.
On Monday, Darius Leonard and Andrew Ryan scored 13 points each to lead a balanced effort as Campbell (6-7) won its second straight game. Reco McCarter added nine points and Kyre’ Hamer eight points for Campbell, which shot 56 percent in the second half and led by as many as 14.
Tre’ Bussey led Georgia Southern (7-8) with 18 points, while Jelani Hewitt, who entered the game as the Southern Conference’s leading scorer (21.1 points per game) finished with 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting. 
Campbell led 51-37 with 10:04 to play after Marvelle Harris dunked a lob pass from D.J. Mason to cap a 16-5 run.
Georgia Southern answered with a 12-4 burst and cut the gap to 61-60 when Holmes knocked down a triple from the right wing with 2:00 remaining. On the next trip down the floor, McCarter drove to the bucket to push the advantage.
Leek Leek then blocked Bussey’s attempt with 1:05 to go and Ray grabbed the rebound. As the shot clock wound down, Ray then drove down the left side of the lane and scored at the rim with 33 seconds to play for a 65-60 edge.
Hewitt hit three free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining, but Ray and fellow freshman Hamer both hit both ends of one-and-one chances down the stretch to seal the victory.
“I thought we had contributions all across the board tonight,” said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. “Every single guy brought something and that’s how you get a tough team win like this one.”
Campbell matched its season low with 11 turnovers, and had only four in the second half. CU also out-rebounded the Eagles 37-27 and finished with a 10-3 edge in second-chance points. Campbell’s bench outscored the Georgia Southern reserves 22-4.
“We did a good job of executing things we’ve been emphasizing in practice – attention to detail and not turning the ball over,” said McGeehan.
Campbell finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (24-55) from the floor and knocked down 13-of-15 free throws, including all 10 in the second half. CU hit 8-of-26 from three-point distance.
Georgia Southern committed nine turnovers, but the Camels converted those into 17 points.
GSU opened the game on a 9-0 run before Campbell hit 5 of 7 shots and cut the gap to 14-13 with 11:16 to play on Mason’s spin move down the right baseline.
Ryan knocked down a triple from the right corner to give the Camels a 29-26 lead at the half. Leonard scored 11 first-half points, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Ryan had seven.  
The Camels continue their home stand at 7 p.m. Thursday against East Carolina and at 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Delaware St.