HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Senior guard Nick Barbour scored 44 points, breaking the High Point University men's basketball team's Div. I records for points in a game and points in a career, in the team's 98-60 win over Campbell on Senior Night on Wednesday night at the Millis Center.
"We've won five out of eight games to end the regular season, it has been a good stretch in which we've been doing good things in practice that are carrying over to games," said HPU head coach Scott Cherry. "It was a special night for our seniors -- Keith, our manager, and Nick and Shay -- for them to go out and do what they did was quite an accomplishment. Especially Nick with 44 points, but Shay had just as good a game, he just didn't score as many points. Those guys played really well and we got production from a lot of different guys."
"Our team performed from start to finish tonight, to win for the seniors and also to put our team in the best position possible for the Big South Tournament," Cherry added.
Barbour went 11-for-17 from the field, including 7-for-10 from behind the arc, and shot 15-17 from the free-throw line to make up his 44 points. Now with 2,092 points in his career, Barbour passed HPU Div. I scoring leader Arizona Reid (2,069 from 2004-08). His 44 points broke Reid's Div. I-era single-game record of 42 points from March 1, 2008.
"It's a great way to end the regular season with my family and the fans here tonight," said Barbour. "We knew what we needed to do and everyone came focused and ready to win."
Senior Shay Shine contributed 16 points on the night along with eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Sophomore Justin Cheek and redshirt-junior Corey Law both scored 10 points for the Panthers, Law adding eight rebounds.
For Campbell, Trey Freeman and Darren White both had 18 points and four rebounds.
With the win, HPU finished the regular season with a 12-17 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Big South. Campbell fell to 17-13 overall and 11-6 in the Big South with the loss.
High Point led the Camels wire to wire as Barbour opened the game with a jumper from the right side and Shine drained a three following a Campbell turnover to give the Panthers an early 5-0 lead.
The HPU lead would extend to 9-0 with 13:40 left in the first half before Campbell scored its first two points of the game with a basket by White. The Panthers countered with a trey by Barbour to give HPU a 12-2 lead. Following a three-pointer by White, Shine hit another jumper to give HPU a 14-5 lead going into the 12-minute timeout.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Barbour and Shine out of the timeout extended the HPU lead to 15 (20-5) and started a 25-4 run by the Panthers over the final 11:15 of the first half. High Point didn't allow the Camels to reach double figures until 3:48 remaining in the half, when Rico Ferguson hit a free throw to make it 39-10.
HPU led 43-17 with 1:21 remaining in the first half when Barbour hit his fourth three-pointer of the night to move him past Reid into first place on the HPU Div. I career scoring list. The Panthers entered halftime with a 51-17 lead.
In the second half, HPU extended its lead to as much as 41 points (66-25) on a trey from Barbour with 16:10 remaining. In the closing minutes, the only question remaining was whether Barbour would break Reid's single-game scoring record. He did it with his seventh three-pointer with 2:55 left in the game and subbed out shortly after.
High Point finished the game shooting 31-for-54 (57.4 percent) from the floor, 11-for-23 (47.8 percent) from behind the arc and 25-31 (80.6 percent) from the line. HPU limited Campbell to just 20-55 (36.4 percent) shooting in the game and 4-22 (18.2 percent) from three-point range. High Point forced 17 turnovers and finished with seven steals, including a season-high five from Shine.
Finished with its regular season, High Point now awaits results of the four Big South games on Thursday and the five league games on Saturday to determine its seed in the Big South Tournament next week. The Panthers could finish anywhere from fifth through ninth in the seedings.