HAMPTON— Campbell men's basketball enjoyed a successful road trip against Big South Conference opponent Hampton University this week, sweeping the two-game series.
Friday night, Jordan Whitfield scored 14 of his 20 points in the final 16 minutes and Campbell rallied to defeat Hampton 73-68.
CU trailed by 12 with 9:34 to play, but reeled off a 19-4 run and held the Pirates to 3-of-13 shooting the rest of the way.
Cedric Henderson, Jr. added 16 points, Joshua Lusane 12 (on 4-of-4 shooting from deep) and Messiah Thompson added 10 for the Camels, who extended their win streak to six games – the program’s longest since 2010.
Davion Warren, who entered the two-game series as the country’s sixth-leading scorer at 21.9 points per game, led Hampton with 20 points.
Hampton led by as many as 13 in the opening period before the Camels cut the margin to 41-35 at the break.
Ricky Clemons hit a pair of free throws coming out of a media timeout with 6:58 left in the second half that trimmed the gap to four points, 59-55, then made a steal and fed Henderson for a slam in transition that capped a 10-0 run and brought CU within two.
Campbell extended the run to 19-4 and took the lead for good, 64-63, on Whitfield’s elbow jumper with 3:08 to play.
“It didn’t seem that we had the same pop that we did yesterday,” said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan of his squad that beat the Pirates by a wide margin the night before.
“Credit Hampton. They seemed to want it more earlier. But we just kept imploring them to dig deep and get defensive stops, and that’s what they did.”
Thompson scored a career-high 21 points Thursday to help Campbell run out to a 76-57 victory.
Thompson hit 5 of 9 3-pointers and dealt five assists for the Camels who led by as many as 24 points.
Henderson, Jr. added 14 points, Lusane finished with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Austin McCullough came off the bench to add nine points and five rebounds.
After the lead swapped hands five times in the first 10 minutes, Campbell closed the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 36-28 lead into intermission.
The Camels made seven of their first 11 shots in the second period and built a 20-point edge with 13:18 remaining after Jesus Carralero was credited with a bucket on a goal-tending call.
Hampton never drew closer than 18 the rest of the way.
Campbell (14-9, 10-6 Big South) concludes its regular season schedule by hosting High Point Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 23-24) in a pair of games that will air on ESPN+.