Campbell's Clemons passes career mark in win over Gardner-Webb

Chris Clemons seen here in 2017 became the first junior in Big South history to score 2,000 points. (Campbell University)

Chris Clemons passed his 2,000 career point mark as Campbell defeated Gardner Webb 78-70 on Wednesday night.

Clemons became the first junior in Big South Conference history to pass the 2,000 career point barrier, during his 33-point game.

He scored the 2000th and 2001st points of his career with 1:35 to play on a two-handed slam. The 5'9 junior and former Millbrook High School star from Raleigh added a pullup three and two free throws in the final 50 seconds to extend his school-record to 14 career 30-plus point games.

Marcus Burk added 11 points for Campbell (13-12, 7-6), which ended a three-game losing streak and dealt Gardner-Webb (12-14, 7-6) its first home loss of the season.

Clemons, the nation's fifth-leading scorer, became only the 11th player in Big South records to reach the 2,000-point barrier and now has 2,006 in only 88 games.

Neither team led by more than seven for the first 39:10 before Clemons' final-minute triple.

Campbell became the first Gardner-Webb Big South foe to score more than 61 points at Paul Porter Arena this year and also finished with a 35-34 edge on the glass.

The Camels return home Saturday to host Longwood at 4:30 p.m.

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