• Senior Tarique Thompson led HPU with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals
• Senior Anthony Lindauer and freshman Luke Vargo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to break open the game in the second half
• Junior Jalen Williams made his first-career start for the Panthers at point guard and recorded three assists with no turnovers
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University men’s basketball team defeated Campbell, 59-49, Thursday night (Feb. 23) at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.
“It was a good team win,” HPU head coach Scott Cherry said. “I’m really excited for our guys to play the way they did, especially in the second half defensively. We shut down a pretty good scoring team and really good player in Chris Clemons. The guys that were guarding him did a great job of trying to keep him under control.”
High Point (15-14, 9-8 Big South) shot 40.9 percent for the game, while holding Campbell (13-16, 6-11) to 35.4 percent shooting. The Fighting Camels outrebounded the Panthers, 33-30, while HPU’s bench outscored Campbell, 27-2.
The two teams were nearly deadlocked the entire second half until senior Miles Bowman Jr. made a pair of free throws to give the Panthers the lead for good at 45-44 with 4:03 to go. With HPU up 47-46, senior Anthony Lindauer hit a long shot from behind the arc and freshman Luke Vargo hit a three from the corner off a feed from junior Jalen Williams to open up a seven-point lead, 53-46.
“We made plays at the end,” Cherry said. “Luke Vargo stepped up and made a huge three. It was a big-time shot for a freshman and then we made plays at the other end of the floor. Jalen Williams did a great job for us stepping in (at point guard). I was really happy with his effort and the way he played.”
Senior Tarique Thompson led the Panthers with 14 points and five rebounds, while Lindauer added 10 points. Williams had three assists with no turnovers in his first start at High Point. Bowman Jr. ended up with eight points and eight rebounds after missing most of the first half in foul trouble.
The first half started slow with the two teams missing their first 11 shots combined. High Point led 20-10 with eight minutes to go in the frame, but Campbell went on a 12-0 run, finished by back-to-back threes from Clemons, who had a game-high 23 points. A jumper by Lindauer brought the score at halftime to 26-26.
Up next, the Panthers close out the regular season Saturday (Feb. 25) against Gardner-Webb at the Millis Center. First tip is scheduled for 4 p.m.