Saturday, March 21, 2015

Westmont Knocks Campbellsville Out of the NAIA DI Tournament

Westmont 65
(5) Campbellsville 61

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - Second Round

Game recap by CU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (BOX SCORE) It was a tale of two halves for the Campbellsville University Tigers in the second round of NAIA National Championships. Westmont (Calif.) shocked the Tigers and held on in the final minutes to end CU's season, 65-61.

It was the third-straight time a Golden State Athletic Conference team knocked the Tigers out of the running for a national title.

The Tigers hit just five field goals in the second half, going 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from the floor. The seniors led the charge in their final game with D'Von Campbell scoring 13 points, followed by Darius Clement's 12 and Eric Gaines' 11. Damontre Harris also played in his final game in the maroon and gray, scoring four points.

"Westmont happened to make a couple more shots than we did," said Keith Adkins, the NABC/NAIA Coach of the Year. "I told the guys that if we kept opponents to 65 points and lower we would come out on top and that did not happen tonight."

Campbellsville had a chance late in the game with four seconds on the clock. Elliott Young threw a baseball pass the length of the court to Harris, who called a timeout. Only a half second ran off the clock and Adkins drew up a play that was designed for Campbell.

"We wanted to get a play with a lot of movement," said Adkins. "We had D'Von (Campbell) set a screen then come off of a screen himself to create space."

Young faked right and threw the ball left but the pass was a little to hot for Campbell and ricocheted off his hands out of bounds with 1.4 seconds on the clock. Westmont's Hayden Armstrong hit two free throws to seal the victory and push the Warriors into their first NAIA quarterfinals since 2003.

"That one play did not lose us the game," said Adkins. "We had a few breakdowns on defense and they hit their shots when it mattered."

The Tigers finished hitting 41.7 percent (20-of-48) from the floor after blistering the nets in the first period, knocking down 57.7 percent of their shots. Westmont, though, one-upped Campbellsville and hit 61.5 percent in the first half and finished hitting 49 percent from the floor.

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