Skyhawks eliminated from CIT by Campbell University

Campbell defeated UTM 73-56 in the second round of the post-season tournament Monday.

The Skyhawks entered the match with an overall record of 22-13. In contrast, the Campbell University Fighting Camels entered with an overall record of 19-17. The game was located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, at Gore Arena.

After a dominating first round performance, the Skyhawks struggled early versus the Fighting Camels. Even after an admiring comeback, the Skyhawks’ season came to an end.

UTM’s Jacolby Mobley’s dominating 27 point performance was not enough to carry the Skyhawks to victory against Campbell University.

Turnovers served as the Skyhawks’ downfall, as they managed to tally up 12 total, compared to Campbell’s 8. In addition, they shot a mere 33 percent from the field.

Campbell’s Chris Clemons felt right at home, as he tallied up 26 points shooting over 50 percent from the field. As a team, the Fighting Camels converted 13 of their three-point attempts.

UTM’s Kahari Beaufort and senior Chandler Rowe supported Mobley and the starting lineup, each adding 8 points. Senior Matthew Butler also came to the rescue, converting on a pull-up jumper with a little under 13 minutes to go to keep UTM on top.

However, Campbell scored 15 unanswered points in a span of 4 minutes, and the gap became too large for the Skyhawks to come back, ultimately leading to the end of UTM’s record-breaking season.

The Skyhawks tied the school record for most single-season victories in 2016-17. They also set records this season in various categories such as points (2,693), field goals made (966), rebounding (1,312) and assists (555). In addition, the team won its first Ohio Valley Conference West Division championship in school history.

Campbell will advance and play this weekend in the CIT quarterfinals. Matchups, sites, dates and times will be announced Tuesday.

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