Clemons returns as Radford sweeps

by | Feb 16, 2020 | Campbell, News & Features

Chris Clemons and family see his retired jersey in the Gore Arena rafters.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

BUIES CREEK — Devonnte Holland scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Radford to a 73-60 Big South Conference men’s basketball win over Campbell on Saturday at Gore Arena.

Carlik Jones added 18 points, three assists and three steals for the Highlanders (17-9, 12-2), who won their seventh-straight outing.

Cedric Henderson, Jr., led Campbell (13-14, 4-11) with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, while Messiah Thompson added 11 off the bench and Cory Gensler chipped in 10 points and for rebounds.

On a day when Campbell retired the jersey of all-time leading scorer Chris Clemons, the Camels jumped to a 24-14 lead when Jesús Carralero scored on a spin move with 8:28 left the opening half. However, Radford responded with a 16-5 burst to grab the lead before Gensler’s three gave the Camels a 32-30 edge at the break.

Holland scored on four of Radford’s first five second-half possessions and the Highlanders used a 13-4 burst midway through the period to take a double-digit lead. Henderson’s three cut the margin to 58-50 with 7:32 left, but the Camels were unable to draw closer.

A 6-foot-7 senior, Holland grabbed five offensive boards and made 9-of-12 shots in 21 minutes.

Radford shot 59 percent in the second half, 48 percent on the night, and had 21 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds. Campbell shot 44 percent overall and made 11-of-30 threes. Joshua Lusane grabbed seven rebounds, dealt five assists and blocked three shots for CU.

Gensler (1,058) moved by Lorne Merthie (1,051 from 2008-12) into 26th place on Campbell’s all-time scoring list, 14th in the program’s Division I era (since 1977-78).

Campbell begins a two-game road stretch Thursday at Charleston Southern (7:30 p.m.).

Streak ends for Lady Camels

Sydney Nunley scored 13 points and Khiana Johnson added 10 for Radford who held off Campbell 48-42 in women’s basketball Saturday afternoon inside Gore Arena.

Shy Tuelle hit a three-pointer — her lone bucket of the day — to give Campbell the lead, 42-41, with 4:24 to play, but it served as the Camels’ last field goal of the contest as Radford held the Camels to just one point over the remainder of the contest.

Taya Bolden scored 11 points and Hayley Barber added 10 for the Camels (17-6, 11-2 Big South) who shot just 28.8 percent from the floor to mark the second-lowest shooting outing of the season and the lowest mark in Big South play this season.

Radford was able to hit 19-of-46 from the floor to total 41.3 percent against Campbell who has been holding Big South opponents to 38 percent shooting from the floor.

Nunley made her presence felt in the painted area and helped the Highlanders (12-11, 10-4 Big South) outscore the Camels 26-18 in the lane.

After Tuelle hit the go-ahead triple in the final period, neither team scored for the next 2:21 when Nunley knocked down one-of-two free throws to tie the contest, 42-42.

Radford then scored six-straight in part to a part of layups by Johnson and Nunley as a part of a 7-0 run to end the game.

The loss marked the first loss of the season for the Camels at home and halted a 10-game win streak dating back to January 4 when the Camels dropped a 60-52 decision at UNC Asheville.

Campbell still remains atop the Big South standings with a two-game cushion ahead of Radford who has now won four-straight.

Campbell returns to action Tuesday night with a trip to Rock Hill, S.C. to face Winthrop at 7 p.m. Campbell topped the Eagles 63-47 in the first meeting on January 14.

(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)

No. 3 belonged to Chris Clemons during his prolific career for the Camels.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Cory Gensler, with CU coach Kevin McGeehan, was honored for scoring 1,000 points in his CU career. (Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Campbell’s Cedric Henderson Jr. puts up a shot on Saturday.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Messiah Thompson is in the open court for the Camels.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Luana Serranho drives into the lane for the Lady Camels.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Tatyana Carver moves past a Radford defender on Saturday.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)

Campbell’s Shy Tuelle releases a shot from long distance.
(Dunn Area Sports Photo/Paul Burgett)


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