Men's Basketball Falters Late Against Campbellsville
WARSAW, Ky. – The Eagles (7-3) traveled to Gallatin County High School Monday night to take on the Campbellsville Tigers (4-5) and returned home with a tough loss at the hands of the Tigers 92-81.
CJ Penny had another big night for the Eagles with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Richardson and Kyle Lamb also broke the double-digit mark with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Penny found his groove early in the first half, scoring 10 of the Eagles’ first 16 points as the visitors in black jumped out the 16-6 lead with 14:10 left on the clock in. The senior forward showed just how versatile his game could be combining the power game and the finesse game through the early going.
The Tigers got a much-needed break with just under 12 minutes left on the clock via media timeout gave a little energy to the home team. Campbellsville would cut into the 11-point lead the Eagles established and cut it to within five.
A layup and one from Kyle Lamb pushed the lead back to seven as the Eagles and Tigers would trade baskets for much of the remainder of the half. Lamb, Penny, and senior Cam Richardson would all get in on the action as the Tigers would match the trio with buckets A’Darius Clement, Miles Rice, and Kadeem Thorton.
A cold-streak plagued the two teams through the end of the half as neither team would make a basket from the 4:20 mark until 0:56 remaining.
Penny had it working in the early going again in the second half with two early buckets. Lee'Vaughn Morris would get in on the action, too, with a nice floater in the lane for a 52-45 lead.
The Eagles looked poised to hold onto the lead they built and sustained through the game’s first 35 minutes and change but a hot shooting streak from the Tigers and a cold streak from the Eagles switched the tides. Campbellsville’s 23-0 run turned the tides on the Eagles and dashed the Eagles hopes at beating the Tigers for the first time in nine tries. What was a 72-60 lead turned into a 85-72 deficit for the Eagles.
The Tigers found their stride in the second ten minutes of the second frame, shooting .567 in the half as a whole.
The Eagles’ Kristian Morgan saw some extended action for the Eagles returning to his hometown for a game. He finished with one assist.
The Eagles don’t have much time to regroup from this as they host the 4th-ranked Grenadiers form IU-Southeast in the Luce Center on Wednesday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m.