CSU’s rally comes up short

(Jim Killian/CSU athletics)Bill Murray participated in the halftime show at Charleston Southern on Saturday.

On a night when he drained seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points, Charleston Southern’s Raemond Robinson found himself right in front of the rim with a chance to tie the game at the buzzer. Robinson’s shot lingered on the front rim and fell off, though, as Campbell survived a frantic finish for a 74-72 win at the Buc Dome on Saturday.

Robinson was the main reason CSU had a chance in the closing seconds. The Bucs trailed by 12 at halftime, dug themselves a 17-point hole early in the second half and were still behind by 10 with 3:08 remaining. A Robinson jumper jumpstarted a game-ending push that included a run of eight straight points from Reuben King.

CSU (9-19, 5-12 Big South) almost finished off its improbable comeback bid as it had everything but the final result go its way after Campbell (12-15, 5-11 Big South) fouled Armel Potter to prevent a potential game-tying three with 2.8 seconds left. Potter made the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Wesley Johnson spun around a Campbell defender and tipped the ball in the air. A hard, charging Robinson grabbed the ball in the paint and had an open look that would not fall as the final buzzer sounded.

Troy Harper posted a career-high 26 points to pace Campbell, which hit 12 of its first 20 shots en route to building a 44-32 halftime lead. The Fighting Camels have rebounded from a 10-game losing streak with four straight wins.

CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh lauded Robinson’s play and his team’s late effort, but lamented missed opportunities over the majority of the contest.

“That layup didn’t cost us the game,” Radebaugh said. “We missed eight free throws. We let them behind our press four times for layups. So if you look at the mistakes in the previous 30 minutes, there’s lots of mistakes. Without Raemond, it wouldn’t have even been close.”

King set a career high with 14 points, and added 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many weeks.

CSU concludes its regular season on Thursday at Coastal Carolina.