Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hot-Shooting Campbellsville University Rolls Into Mid-South Tournament Semifinals

(7) Campbellsville 71
St. Catharine 50

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by CU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campbellsville University knocked down 13 3-pointers and ended seventh seed St. Catharine College's season, 71-50, in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

The Tigers led by two points, 27-25, at half and came out of the intermission roaring with a 27-5 run. Campbellsville held St. Catharine to seven points in the first 11-plus minutes of the second half and lit a flame to the nets from beyond the arc.

Elliott Young drained his fifth 3-pointer and CU scored eight-straight points to take its first double-digit lead at 35-25. Miles Rice joined in on the action with CU's third-straight 3 and put the Tigers up, 38-28. It was just the start of eight triples for Campbellsville in the second half.

D'Von Campbell and Rice combined to hit three more 3s and before St. Catharine knew it, they were looking at a 20-point deficit, 52-32, with 8:37 remaining in regulation.

"I expected a slow start in the first post-season game," said MSC Coach of the Year Keith Adkins. "But then we really settled into a nice groove and did so on the defensive side."

CU forced nine second-half turnovers and 17 overall, scoring 16 points off those St. Catharine mishaps.

Campbellsville scored 44 points in the second half and held St. Catharine to only 25 in each. CU shot just 20-of-55 (36.3 percent) from the floor but 13 of those came from behind the arc. The Tigers hit 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from deep and have hit 39 triples in their previous three games.

"Elliott Young comes out of the second half and bangs two-straight 3s and that was huge," said Adkins. "D'Von Campbell hit his second second-half 3 and was fouled for a four-point play. Everything all of a sudden completely opened up and we rolled from there.

"But one thing that was good to see was Miles Rice stepping up and hitting two 3s. He is a great basketball player and a big part of what we do, so it was great to see him get a little confidence because we will need him down the stretch."

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