College Basketball Roundup: Campbell advances to Sunday’s Big South Tournament final

Campbell coach Kevin McGeehan talks with Austin McCullough a game in December. (Ethan Hyman / The News & Observer via AP)

RADFORD, Va. — Joshua Lusane had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Campbell got past Radford 78-60 in the semifinals of the Big South Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Jordan Whitfield had 11 points for Campbell (17-9). Cedric Henderson Jr. added 10 points.

Fah’Mir Ali had 19 points for the Highlanders (15-12). Bryan Hart added 16 points.

The Camels advanced to Big South Tournament final at Winthrop (22-1) on Sunday at noon with a chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Campbell lost to Winthrop on consecutive days in late December, 84-83 on Dec. 30 and 94-76 on Dec. 31. The Camels have reached the NCAA Tournament once in school history. In 1992, the 16th-seeded Camels lost in the first round to the eventual national champion, No. 1 Duke.

NC Central 74, Florida A&M 71

DURHAM — Deven Palmer had 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead North Carolina Central to a 74-71 win over Florida A&M on Thursday night.

Jahnathan Maxwell had 14 points for North Carolina Central (5-8, 3-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which snapped its five-game losing streak. C.J. Keyser added 13 points. Nicolas Fennell had 11 points.

Jalen Speer had 14 points for the Rattlers (8-11, 7-5). MJ Randolph added 14 points. Kamron Reaves had 14 points.

The Eagles registered their first win in four tries against the Rattlers this season. In the most recent matchup, Florida A&M defeated North Carolina Central 65-58 on Wednesday.

Central Florida 64, East Carolina 60

GREENVILLE — Darius Perry had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift Central Florida to a 64-60 win over East Carolina on Thursday night.

Isaiah Adams had 15 points for Central Florida (10-11, 8-10 American Athletic Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive win. Darin Green Jr. added 14 points. Avery Diggs had 10 points.

Tristen Newton had 18 points for the Pirates (8-9, 2-9). Jayden Gardner added 18 points and seven rebounds. Tremont Robinson-White had six rebounds. It was the Pirates’ first game since Feb. 8 due to a coronavirus pause.

The Knights improve to 2-0 against the Pirates this season. Central Florida defeated East Carolina 71-64 on Jan. 27.