Carlik Jones and Travis Fields, Jr., combined for 39 points and Radford held off a late Campbell rally to claim a 68-63 victory Saturday at the Dedmon Center.
In a matchup of the teams that tied for last year’s Big South regular season championship, Jones led Radford (8-7, 3-0 Big South) with 22 points and made 9-of-10 from the line, while Fields added 17. The Highlanders defeated the Camels for just the second time in the last eight meetings.
Campbell (10-6, 1-3), which trailed by 15 with 6:55 remaining, cut the gap to 5 three times in the final 2:01, but the Highlanders made 11 of 14 from the line in the last 1:35 to extend their win streak to five games.
The Camels trailed by just two (41-39) when Jesús Carralero was called for a charge with 13:33 to play, then Henderson was whistled for a blocking foul just 10 seconds later. After the Campbell bench was issued a technical foul, Jones made the tech free throws; then Devin Hutchison completed the 3-point play in what could have been a 7-point swing.
Campbell missed 10 of 11 shots during a decisive 11-1 Radford run and the Highlanders led 56-41 when Fields knocked down a baseline jumper with 6:55 remaining.
The Camels, however, responded with an 11-1 surge and trimmed the gap to 57-52 with 2:01 to play on Whitfield’s free throws. Henderson’s 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining again cut the margin to 5, but Donald Hicks and Devonnte Holland both made 1-of-2 from the line in the final 22 seconds to seal the victory.
Radford shot 45.8% on the day, but just 30% (7-23) in the second half. However, the Highlanders made as many free throws (18-26) as the Camels attempted (13-18). Campbell finished 21-of-54 from the floor (.389) and made 8-of-29 threes (.276).
Henderson hit 6-of-10 shots, including 4-of-7 threes, had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Whitfield was 5-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-6 from 3-point distance, and 5-of-5 from the stripe.
After an opening period that included 14 lead changes and three ties, Radford made eight of its last nine shots to take a 34-32 edge at the break.
Campbell hit four of its last five threes in the period and had 9 assists on 12 baskets in the opening stanza. The Camels shot 46% (12-6) overall, 5-15 from 3-point range before intermission. Radford connected on 60% (15-25) of its field goals in the first half, but committed 8 turnovers in the period.
The Camels begin a two-game home stretch Thursday, Jan. 16 in a 7 p.m. start against Charleston Southern that will be televised by ESPNU.