Despite an impressive second half performance, sparked by shooting 61% from the field, it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Campbell Fighting Camels fell 71-68 to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in a Big South conference match-up tonight.
Second chance points ultimately proved to be the biggest difference as the Runnin’ Bulldogs outscored the Camels 22-4 tonight. This was just one of the main factors for Gardner Webb’s victory tonight.
Check out the other factors that led to Gardner Webb’s victory inside this article by Maverick B. here on College Court Report!
The second main factor tonight in Gardner Webb’s victory was the production from the Runnin’ Bulldogs bench.
Gardner Webb’s bench production was responsible for a combined 29 points and 17 rebounds, while shooting 50.9% from the floor as a four player unit.
On the other hand, Campbell’s bench was a three player unit, but only player provided production for the Camels. Rod Days recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, and shot 80% on the night from the floor.
We reported earlier this week that freshman guard Tony Allen was leaving the program at Campbell, and he could have provided a spark in my opinion off the bench for the Camels.
If Campbell wants to make a run in the Big South Conference this year, they will need to get production from the likes of forward Andrew Eudy, guard Quinton Ray, and forward Khadre’ Lane.
The third main factor for Gardner Webb’s victory was that they out rebounded Campbell by a wide margin, 47-27.
Gardner Webb’s rebounding was a balanced effort with 22 offensive rebounds and 25 defensive rebounds. The Camels, on the other hand, had 4 offensive rebounds and 23 defensive rebounds. Leading the way on the rebounding glass for Gardner Webb was junior forward Tyrell Nelson. Nelson finished tonight with 16 total rebounds (10 offensive and 6 defensive), whose single performance on the offensive glass outperformed the total Campbell team.
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Campbell falls to 8-7 overall (2-3 in the Big South), and will return to conference play on Saturday. They will hit the road for a match-up against the Liberty Flames (4-13, 1-3). Tip-off is scheduled for 2pm ET and will be available for viewing on WATCH ESPN.
Gardner Webb improves to 9-8 overall (4-1 in the Big South), and will return to conference play on Saturday. They will host a match-up against the Radford Highlanders (9-7, 2-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30pm ET and you can watch the game live on the Big South online network.