HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Zane Campbell scored a career-best 32 points and the No. 9 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team rolled to an 86-70 victory over visiting West Florida on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 18-3 (11-2 Gulf South Conference) with the victory while UWF falls to 10-11 (5-8 GSC).
Campbell scored 20 of his points in a terrific first half for the senior whose previous career best was 30 points in a game at Lambuth on Jan. 27, 2011. The West Limestone, Ala., native was 14-for-18 from the field including three shots from beyond the arc as he helped the Chargers hit 10 3-pointers in the game.
Electrifying the crowd and providing his team with an immediate spark, Campbell scored the first points of the game on a thunderous dunk just 10 seconds into the contest off a fantastic pass from Jaime Smith – one of nine assists the fellow senior would record on the night.
The nine helpers for Smith match his career-best number in the category.
Behind Campbell's strong showing and a 56.7 percent shooting performance, the Chargers built up as much as a 17-point advantage in the first half before taking a 43-30 lead into the locker room break at the half.
Boosted by eight straight points – including two triples – by Ronnie Mack to start the second half, the hosts built up a 51-32 lead less than two minutes into the period, but West Florida would not let its deficit grow any larger, and a 9-0 run for the Argos over a span of two minutes pulled the guests to within six at 72-66 with 4:04 remaining in the contest.
UAH countered with six points in less than a minute to push the lead back to 78-66, and the Chargers would limit the Argos to just a pair of baskets in the final minutes to produce the 86-70 victory.
Almost single-handedly keeping his team in the contest, Ellis Young led all scorers in the contest with 33 points.
On the UAH side, Smith and Mack joined Campbell in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively, as nine Chargers recorded points in the contest, and the hosts registered a strong shooting mark of 54.4 percent for the game.
West Florida connected on 43.3 percent of its shots and dominated the battle on the glass with 46 rebounds compared to 25 for UAH.
The Chargers will now hit the road for a pair beginning with a venture to Christian Brothers on Thursday.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations