Ala.-Huntsville races to best start ever
Notes: Campbell's buzzer-beater helps Chargers move to 11-1
Amy Farnum, NCAA.com
The University of Alabama-Huntsville is off to its best start in program history (11-1) following the Chargers’ 74-72 win -- thanks to a buzzer-beating shot by Zane Campbell -- against Harding on Dec. 17. The Chargers boast the best record in the Gulf South Conference as the lone one-loss team in the league.
Campbell netted a season-high 23 points in the game, and led the Chargers in rebounds (six) for the third consecutive game. Down 12 points with just 6:50 left in the game, the sophomore tallied 11 points by himself in less than four minutes, sparking UAH to a 17-3 run.
The victory came one day after the Chargers downed defending league champion Arkansas Tech in GSC crossover action. Campbell (14.2 ppg) is one of three Chargers scoring in double-digits, along with Jaime Smith (14.9 ppg) and Josh Magette (13.0 ppg).
The sixth-ranked Chargers have a hiatus before opening the New Year with three home games in six days.
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