Campbell closes strong in 63-59 victory over Winthrop
Trey Freeman scored 24 points and Campbell closed the game on an 11-4 run to defeat Winthrop 63-59 at Gore Arena on Saturday.
The Camels (9-10, 4-1) won for the sixth time in the last seven outings and moved into a tie for first place in the Big South Conference North Division.
Freeman hit 8-of-14 from the floor, 7-of-8 from the line and dealt five assists for Campbell, which shot 51.1 percent for the game.
Andrew Ryan added a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shots, plus four assists. Darius Leonard finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while Marvelle Harris added nine, plus a game-high eight boards. Reco McCarter scored eight as Campbell's five starters accounted for all 63 points.
Joab Jerome led Winthrop (7-10, 1-4) with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. James Bourne chipped in 10, while Andre Smith and Derrick Henry added nine apiece for the Eagles, who lost for the fifth time in the last six contests.
“With the game on the line, we amped it back up a little bit, got some stops, forced them to foul us and we had the right guy going to the line in Trey Freeman,” said Campbell head coach Robbie Laing. “Our defense definitely was the key for us today.”
Winthrop led 55-52 after Henry scored in traffic with 4:49 to go, but Leonard scored underneath off McCarter’s assist on the next possession. On the following trip down court, Leonard stole the ball from Henry and fed McCarter for a lay-up in transition to start the final push.
Freeman’s pull-up jumper with 1:52 to go gave the Camels a 60-57 lead, but Jerome answered with a drive in the lane to trim the gap to one with 1:23 remaining.
Freeman was called for traveling on the following sequence and Winthrop called its final time out with 47.8 seconds left. Henry missed a three with 25 seconds to go and Leonard rebounded; then fed Freeman, who was fouled and sank a pair for a 62-59 edge with 18.8 remaining.
Smith attempted a deep three, but Harris grabbed the miss and made the first of two foul shots for what proved to be the final margin.
The Camels jumped in front 11-2 4:48 into the contest, sparked by dunks by Harris and McCarter that came off Winthrop turnovers. Winthrop, however, responded with a 13-4 push and tied the game at 15 on Smith’s three-pointer.
Christian Farmer hit a triple to give the Eagles a 22-19 edge with 4:41 left in the period, but CU closed the stanza on a 15-2 run to take a 34-24 lead into the dressing room.
Campbell shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the opening half, while Winthrop made 34.6 percent (9-of-26) of its first-half attempts.
Freeman’s jumper 10 seconds into the second half gave CU its largest lead, 36-24, and Campbell led 44-37 with 12:42 remaining before Winthrop rallied. Henry scored nine points in an 18-8 Eagle run to give Winthrop the three-point edge before the Camels closed out their fourth Big South win in five chances.
The Camels return to action Wednesday at home against Radford in a 7 p.m. tip-off.