Gardner-Webb tops Campbell, advances in Big South tournament

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Jerome Hill had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Tyrell Nelson added 15 and nine on Wednesday to help 7th-seeded Gardner-Webb beat No. 10 seed Campbell 72-64 in the opening round of the Big South Conference tournament.

Harold McBride scored 15 and Adonis Burbage 10 for Gardner-Webb (19-13), which will play No. 2 seed High Point in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Curtis Phillips led Campbell (10-22), which lost seven of its last eight games, with 20 points. Troy Harper and Reco McCarter scored 13 apiece.

The Bulldogs made 14 of 28 field goals and outrebounded Campbell 20-6 — including 9-1 on the offensive glass — in the first half to take a 40-26 lead into the break.

Phillips’ layup with 3:32 remaining pulled the Camels within 57-49, but Burbage answered with a 3-pointer before Hill scored six-straight Gardner-Webb points, pushing the Bulldogs’ lead to 13 with two minutes remaining.

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