Campbell, Austin Peay score shine at Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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The ROSE HALL, St James — Campbell University and Austin Peay State University scored come-from-behind wins over Florida A&M University and Central Connecticut University as the second Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic National Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament got off to an exciting start yesterday at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James.

Campbell University trailed by double digits in the first half and by nine points at the half-time break but came back in the second half to score a seven-point (66-59) win, while Austin Peay State held off Central Connecticut by two points, 80-78, after trailing for most of the first half.

Also yesterday, Ohio University played the University of South Florida, while Georgetown University and Loyola Marymount, both coming into the tournament with three wins each, were scheduled to meet in the final game of the day.

The event will continue and end on Sunday with four more games, the first one starting at mid-day.

The Campbell University Camels trailed by 15 points late in the first half but stormed back and led by as many as seven points with just under nine minutes to go as they outscored their opponents 41-25 in the second half and won for the second time to even their record at two wins and two losses, while Florida A&M University lost for the first time after registering three wins.

Chris Clemons led all scorers with 27 points to pull Campbell University to the win, making nine of his 20 attempts, including three of eight three-point attempts.

Trey Spencer scored 11 points and Andrew Eudy scored 10 for Campbell, while Justin Ravenel scored 25 points to lead Florida A&M as Richard Anderson scored 12 points.

In the first game of the day, Austin Peay State University snapped a two-game losing skid to even out their record at two wins and two losses with a close two-point (80-78) win over Central Connecticut State, who also boast a two-win and two-loss record.

Terry Taylor led all scorers with 21 points and also grabbed 17 rebounds as “The Governors” rallied after trailing most of the first half.

Central Connecticut led 9-2 early but Austin Peay clawed their way back to cut the deficit to one, 12-13, at one stage but the Blue Devils surged again for a 31-22 lead with just over six minutes left in the first half fuelled by three straight three-point baskets.

Austin Peay responded with a run of their own, outscoring Central Connecticut 14-3 over the next five minutes and took their first lead of the game at 36-34, but the first half ended with the teams tied at 39.

Austin Peay picked up where they left off in the second half and a 7-0 run in just under three minutes gave them their largest lead, by nine points, 62-53.

A four-point play by Ian Krishnan with four minutes 30 seconds to go cut into Austin Peay's lead (69-65) and Central Connecticut came to within a point, 77-78, with 12 seconds to go after a three-pointer from Tyson Batiste, but could get no closer.

Taylor hit three three-point baskets in his 21 points, Jarrett Givens scored 16 points, Zach Glotta scored 13 points and Steve Harris got 10 points.

Krishnan led Central Connecticut with 20 points including four three-pointers from eight attempts. Tyler Kohl scored 14 points, Deion Bute scored 13 points and Joe Hughley scored 10 points.

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