Conway, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Arlon Harper netted 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Charleston Southern to an 81-71 win over Campbell in the first round of the Big South Tournament.
Will Saunders had 18 points, Sheldon Strickland added 14 and Matt Kennedy scored 13 points for the Buccaneers (13-17), who will face South top seed Coastal Carolina in Friday's quarterfinals.
Reco McCarter tallied 19 points for the Fighting Camels (12-20), who lost their final six games. D.J. Mason and Leek Leek contributed 13 points apiece in defeat.
A CSU 9-2 run highlighted by two 3s from Saunders around a Kennedy trey brought the Bucs within four with 6 1/2 minutes gone in the final frame. Later, CSU used a 15-6 surge to go ahead 70-67 and remained in the lead.
The Fighting Camels came back within a point with 4:26 to go. At that point, Campbell began to foul and send the Bucs to the line. CSU finished the game with an 11-2 differential and the Fighting Camels had no answer.
Campbell led by one, 18-17, just under eight minutes into the game before an 18-5 tear staked them a 14-point lead with just over three minutes left in the half. The Buccaneers answered with an 11-6 run to pull within 42-33 at the break.