Camels lead division after topping Highlanders

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 07:33 PM

Trey Freeman scored 17 points and Darian Hooker scored 15 to pace Campbell in a 69-60 win over Radford in Big South Conference action at CU’s Gore Arena Wednesday night.

Campbell (10-10, 5-1) won its seventh game in the last eight outings despite letting a 17-point advantage slip away.

Radford (9-11, 3-3) scored 14 straight points early in the second period and took its only lead of the night, 44-43, on a pair of free throws by Javonte Green with 12:24 left in the game.

However, the Camels answered with an 18-7 burst and hit four free throws down the stretch to move a game in front of VMI (4-2) and High Point (4-2) in the North Division standings.

Freeman hit 7-of-16 shots and dealt four assists, while Hooker made 6-of-9 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the line, and added three assists and three steals.

Four days after Campbell finished with no bench points in a 63-59 victory over Winthrop, the Camel reserves outscored Radford’s 24-9.

R.J. Price led Radford with 22 points, including 5-of-11 treys, and hit three straight triples early in the final period as the Highlanders recovered from a 35-20 deficit at intermission. Green chipped in 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting and a game-high eight rebounds, while Rashun Davis dealt eight assists with zero turnovers and three steals in 29 minutes.

Radford hit its first seven shots of the second half, including Price’s three threes. After Radford took its only advantage thanks to a 24-6 rally, Freeman hit a jumper, followed by a triple on the next two Camel possessions.

Radford cut the Camel lead down to 55-51 with 7:51 to play after Price made two from the stripe, but the Highlanders went 4:40 without a field goal and CU stretched the gap to 61-51 with 5:15 to go.

RU pulled within five points late, 65-60, but Price missed a trey and Hooker and Freeman both converted one-and-ones in the last 17 seconds.

Campbell made 29-of-59 shots (49.2 percent) on the night and converted 8-of-11 from the line. Radford finished the evening at 41 percent (23-of-56) from the field.

The Camels travel to Coastal Carolina for a 7 p.m. tip on Saturday.