The High Point Panthers have grabbed the Big South North Division crown and a first round bye with back to back wins against VMI and Campbell this week. Tonight the Panthers took down the visiting Camels 56-53 in a hard fought game seen nationally on ESPNU.
Campbell held a 29-26 lead at halftime in the standing room only Millis Center. The tide seemed to turn for the Camels at the 15:07 mark when High Point's John Brown had a patented SportsCenter Top 10 dunk on an inbound play to give the Panthers a 36-35 lead.
The Camels would regain the lead after that dunk but a Lorenzo Cugini three at the nine minute mark would put the Panthers up for good, but not without some drama. Campbell had a chance to tie the game up with 2.7 seconds left but had to inbound the length of the court. John Brown stole the Camels inbound pass but started running with the ball in celebration and was called for traveling with 0.9 seconds left. Campbell couldn't convert or get a shot off in their second chance and High Point escaped with a 56-53 win.
Devante Wallace lead the Panthers with 18 points and 10 boards. John Brown was right behind him with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Richmond transfer Luke Moyer kept the Camels in the game with 16 points off the bench, including four three pointers. Campbells starters combined for just 11 points tonight.
With the win tonight High Point grabs the first seed for the North Division in the Big South Tournament. The win tonight also guarantees the Panthers a spot in the NIT if they are not successful in winning the conference tournament.
Campbell currently holds the four seed in the North Division but could move down to the fifth seed if Liberty knocks off Radford on Saturday. If the Camels stay at the fourth seed then they'll play Charleston Southern on Wednesday in Myrtle Beach.