Friday, November 7, 2014

No. 19 Campbellsville Passes Road Test at No. 20 Evangel

(19) Campbellsville 80
(20) Evangel (Mo.) 70

Final from Springfield, Missouri

Game recap by CU:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Campbellsville University men's basketball extended its early season record to 3-0 after another NAIA Top 20 victory. The No. 19 Tigers took down No. 20 Evangel (Mo.), 80-70, Thursday night.

"Traveling to Evangel is a long trip and they are a really good basketball team," said 15-year head coach Keith Adkins. "It seems that they are always in the NAIA Tournament at season's end and hardly ever lose at home. This is a big time quality win for us."

It was a game of runs for both Evangel and Campbellsville, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 10-4 lead. But the Tigers went on an 18-6 run to take a 24-16 lead with 7:28 left in the first half.

Eric Gaines, who played in his first game of the season due to injury, sparked the Tigers during that run with back-to-back buckets off the bench.

D'Von Campbell, a senor from Arlington, Texas, would not let his teammate out due him. In a span of three minutes, Campbell knocked down three 3-pointers leading the Tigers in the first half with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 4-of-5 from downtown.

But with 2:28 left, Campbellsville took its biggest lead by way of Quin Richardson. The sophomore from Georgetown, Ky., scored his only points of the game, hitting a 3-pointer to give CU a 16-point lead 42-26.

The Tigers went ice cold from the floor after that and ended the first half scoreless in the final 2:28. Evangel was able to go on a 9-0 run before the break getting the score back to single-digits, 42-35.

"We lost our focus late in the first half," said Adkins. "We got away from what was working and successful. A turnover here and a bad shot there turns into defensive lapse and there you have it. Moving forward we cannot do that. We have to stay with what got us the lead and push forward."

CU picked up a spark after the intermission from one of its dark horses, Elliott Young. Young scored the first five points of the half on a 15-foot jumper and a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the TIgers the momentum back, and a double-digit lead, 47-36.

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