BUIES CREEK, NC - The Citadel fell to Campbell 101-82 on Saturday afternoon at Gilbert Craig Gore Arena. The Bulldogs dropped to 7-5 on the season and 2-4 in true road games.
Senior Derrick Henry led The Citadel in scoring for the third consecutive game, matching his career-high with 30 points off the bench. Henry has now reached double figures in all of the Bulldogs' first 12 contests and tallied at least 21 points in each of the past three games.
The Citadel was hot early, jumping out to a quick 10-3 lead after three-pointers from Henry and Warren Sledge. Senior point guard P.J. Boutte was the driving force for the Bulldogs' offense in the opening minutes. He made three tough buckets in the paint and finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Following another layup from Boutte and a basket down low by junior Brian White, The Citadel held a 21-13 lead at the 12:11 mark.
Campbell responded with a game-changing 22-4 run to seize a 35-25 advantage. Camels' point guard Chris Clemons captained the momentum swing and recorded a game-high 31 points. Campbell took a 47-38 lead into the halftime break.
Trailing by 11 with 16:44 left, The Citadel sliced its deficit on the back of Henry. The graduate senior drove to the tin for a basket and hit a three-pointer two possessions later. The Bulldogs then turned a defensive stop into a transition bucket and cut Campbell's lead to 52-47. Henry scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half.
Clemons scored the Camels' next 10 points to help halt The Citadel's comeback attempt. Campbell extended its lead at the free throw line late and finished the game shooting 29-of-40 from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs will now enjoy a quick rest over the holiday before taking a road trip to Charlotte on Jan. 29 to wrap up their nonconference slate. The Citadel opens Southern Conference play at McAlister Field House vs. Chattanooga on Jan. 2