Friday, March 20, 2015

Campbellsville Holds Off LSU Shreveport to Advance in NAIA Tournament

(5) Campbellsville 88
LSU Shreveport 80

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - First Round

Game recap by CU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Going almost two weeks without playing a game takes it toll of a team and Campbellsville men's basketball was no different. The Tigers sprinted out of the gates like a well-trained Lexington, Ky. thoroughbred but fatigue settled in, slowing the sprint to a steady trot. Campbellsville outlasted a late LSU Shreveport run to defeat the Pilots, 88-80, to move on to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Round of 16.

It is the first time in the university's history both the men's and women's team have advanced to the Round of 16 in the same year. CU's women also beat LSU Shreveport Thursday, 55-46.

Campbellsville will now play the winner of Thursday's late game between Westmont (Calif.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), in Friday's night cap at 10:45 EDT. You can listen to the game live on 88.7 The Tiger.

"We are happy to be moving on," said NAIA Coach of the Year Keith Adkins. "The name of the game this time of year is survive and advance and we were able to do that. We had spurts where we were really good but also had spurts where we struggled defensively. I think the rust of not having a game in almost two weeks hurt us."

The Tigers were on fire all night, hitting 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the floor and 45.4 percent (10-of-22) from 3-point land. D'Von Campbell led the Tigers' offensive attack scoring 22 points, including six 3-point baskets. Damontre Harris was not far behind his fellow senior, scoring 20 points and brought the Municipal Auditorium crowd to its feet with multiple ferocious dunks.

Eric Gaines finished right behind the duo of Campbell and Harris, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

"I thought our best players played well," said Adkins. "I said it since October, I think our three top players (Campbell, Harris and Gaines) are as good and competitive as anyone else's best three in the country."

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Up Next: Campbellsville battles Westmont (Calif.) at 10:45 p.m. ET tonight

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