Camels kick off South American tour with win over Buenos Aires

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Campbell opened its South American tour Monday with an 81-52 victory over Buenos Aires Combined at CeNARD in the Argentina National Training Center.

Senior Cory Gensler scored 15 points — all in the second half — to lead three Camels in double figures. Freshman Josh Lusane added 11 points — 10 in the third quarter when Campbell outscored the hosts 26-6 — and junior transfer Austin McCullough added 10 points.

Freshman Messiah Thompson added nine points, all coming on a trio of 3-pointers, while junior Jordan Whitfield and senior Noah Saunders chipped in seven apiece against a team of professional players from the Argentine first, second and third divisions.

Campbell knocked down 11 3-pointers, spread over eight different players. Thompson hit three from long range in his first competition for the Orange & Black.

The Camels continue their tour Thursday with a 10:30 a.m. start at Uruguayan Club Trouville. The final game of the trip is set for Saturday when the Camels will meet the Liga Nacional Select Team at 6 p.m. in Buenos Aires.

The Camels are coming off a Big South Conference regular season championship and three-straight post-season appearances, including a trip to the 2019 NIT. Campbell finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 20-13 mark and 12-4 record in the league.

Campbell lost its two leading scorers from last season to graduation, most notably the nation’s leading scorer in Chris Clemons (30.1 points per game). They also lost Andrew Eudy (11.9 points per game), who holds the school’s all-time blocks record with 199 swatted shots.

Gensler (8.5 points per game) is the Camels’ leading returning scorer and the most experienced player, earning 32 starts last season.

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