Nych Smith and Bjorn Broman, who sat out the previous game with injuries, combined for a clutch five points in the last 19 seconds and Winthrop fended off Campbell 90-86 on Thursday.
Smith, Winthrop’s top scorer at 16 points per game, scored a career-high 27 in his return, hitting a dagger of a 3 with 19 seconds left that pushed the Eagles (10-5, 2-0 Big South Conference) ahead by five, 88-83. Campbell (8-8, 1-1) answered with a 3 of its own but Broman sealed the win with a pair of free throws a five seconds left.
Chris Clemons, who leads the nation in scoring with 29.3 points per outing, scored 34 against the Eagles. He threw down a dunk with 44 seconds left that cut the gap to 85-83, fed Jordan Whitfield for a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining that made it 88-86. His attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer was blocked by Adam Pickett as time ran out.
Clemons was 10-for-28 shooting and 4-for-14 from deep. His six assists were a season high.
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Pickett scored 23 points to help Smith. Austin Awad had another strong shooting performance, hitting 4-of-7 shots from 3-point range and scoring 12 points. Awad hit six 3s during the Eagles’ win over Asheville in the Big South opener.
Winthrop has won six of its last seven games, the only defeat coming against ranked Florida State. The Eagles have a quick turnaround, hosting High Point Saturday in Rock Hill at 2 p.m.