BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Chris Clemons scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half Thursday night and Campbell built a big lead before holding off The Citadel 87-77.
The game was tied at 24 with 6:34 to play in the first half when the Camels (5-5) reeled off 16 straight points, the last six from Clemons on a 3-pointer and 3-point play. The teams swapped baskets and it was 42-26 at the half.
Clemons opened the second half with three treys in a 9-2 run, making it 51-28.
The Citadel (4-6), one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, was down 20 midway through the second half before putting together a 13-0 run. Matt Frierson had five points with a trey, Tariq Simmons had a 3 and Kaelon Harris had a 3-point play that made it 65-58 with 5:21 to go.
Campbell steadied itself with five points and then made 9 of 12 free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes for the win.
Frierson had 22 points off the bench, Harris had 18 and Simmons 16 for The Citadel, which was 7 of 26 (27 percent) behind the arc, where they average 42 percent with 12 makes.
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