Cedric Henderson, Jr. and Cory Gensler combined for 45 points as Campbell pulled away from Presbyterian for a 79-62 Big South Conference men’s basketball Saturday at Gore Arena.
The afternoon started with a 59-52 win for the Campbell women over UNC Asheville.
Henderson had career highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds and Gensler passed the 1,000 career point mark during a season-high 20-point effort for the Camels (12-12, 3-9 Big South), who halted a five-game losing streak.
Jordan Whitfield added 10 points and four assists for the Camels, who shot 67.9 percent (19-28) in the second half, 56.6 percent (30-53) for the game. Freshman center Joshua Lusane dealt a season-best six assists in his first career start for Campbell, which led by 10 at the break and by as many as 22.
Cory Hightower led the Blue Hose (9-16, 6-6) with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chris Martin chipped in 11 points for PC, which dropped its fifth decision in the last six outings.
Gensler became the 28th player in Campbell history to reach 1,000 career points on a free throw with 12:18 left in the opening half. Those foul shots put the Camels in front for good as CU led for 35:48 of the contest, including by double digits for the entire second half.
Campbell made nine-straight shots – capped by Milos Stajcic’s bucket through contact with 11:30 remaining in the game that extended the lead to 61-41. PC twice cut the gap to 13 — the last time on Martin’s layup with 3:2 to play, but CU answered with a 9-1 surge after Henderson’s dunk on the break with 1:25 to play.
On the night, Presbyterian shot 45.7 percent (21-46) from the floor, made 5-of-19 (.263) threes and 15-of-19 from the stripe. Campbell finished with a 29-26 edge on the boards, scored 17 points off 13 PC turnovers, and held a 14-8 advantage in second-chance points.
Henderson finished 11-of-14 from the floor, dealt out three assists and had two steals in his first double-double as a Camel. Gensler was 7-of-9 from the the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, had six rebounds and two assists with no turnovers in 30 minutes.
Campbell heads to Longwood on Monday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Barber leads league-leading Lady Camels
Hayley Barber scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half as the Campbell women’s basketball team won its ninth straight game.
Leading by just one heading into the final period, Campbell opened the quarter on a 15-4 run over the first 6:16 to push out to a 55-43 lead.
Campbell led by as many 12 with 4:51 in the final period when Faith Price drove to rack for the finish.
Barber led the Camels (16-5, 11-1 Big South) on 4-of-11 shooting. Taya Bolden followed with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds.
Nadiria Evans led all scorers with 20 points followed by 13 from Sonora Dongokl with 13 to pace the Bulldogs (12-10, 6-7 Big South).
The Bulldogs drew within seven points twice in the final five minutes but could not draw any closer to the Camels who led for 35:59. Evans made one-of-two free throws with 1:44 remaining to make it 55-48 but Barber answered with a pair from the line where she was a perfect 6-of-6.
Campbell dominated the points off turnovers battle by bucketing 18 points on 17 UNCA turnovers compared to the Bulldogs’ three points off miscues.
Campbell was able to pound the ball inside and edge Asheville 36-28 in points in the paint while the Camels did not allow a 3-point bucket from the Bulldogs who shot just three.
The win was Campbell’s ninth in a row and its 10th straight win at home where the Camels are undefeated on the year. The program record of 12 wins in a row was achieved in 2001 and 1988. The start at home marks the best since the 1998 season when the Camels began 12-0 at home.
With Barber leading the scoring charge on the afternoon, Campbell has still yet to have the same leading scorer in back-to-back games this season.
The Campbell women return to action Tuesday at High Point with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)