HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point registered a 26-6 run spanning both halves to pull away from Charleston Southern for a 72-50 win at the Millis Center on Saturday.
CSU (9-17, 5-10 Big South) led 28-26 following a Danny Upchurch three-pointer with 2:50 remaining in the first half but High Point (16-9, 9-5 Big South) scored the final six points of the stanza and kept the momentum on its side the rest of the way.
The Panthers shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half, and made 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc. John Brown paced three High Point players in double figures scoring with 16 points. Andre Fox hit three second half treys en route to finishing with 15 points, and Adam Weary added 15 as well.
Armel Potter led CSU with 19 points. It was his fifth straight outing of 17 points or more. Reuben King tallied 12 points to reach double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
CSU trailed by only four – 32-28 – at halftime but HPU pushed its lead to double figures on a Haiishen McIntyre three at the 17:41 mark. The Panthers scored 11 straight points at one juncture, with a Fox triple pushing the cushion to 48-32. Fox drained another three to cap the 26-6 run and give HPU a 52-34 lead with 12:02 left.
Potter and Patrick Wallace connected on threes just 26 seconds apart to get CSU back within 12, but that was as close as the Bucs would come. High Point ran off 11 consecutive points again to send its advantage to 65-42, with Weary providing a lay in to conclude that sequence.
CSU shot 48 percent in the opening half before being held to 36 percent in the second. The Bucs made only 4-of-22 attempts from long range.
The Bucs played well for large stretches of the first half after falling into an early 12-5 hole. Potter had an offensive rebound and layup as part of an active effort that allowed CSU to out-rebound HPU by three over the first 20 minutes. Upchurch sunk two treys from deep on the left wing to vault CSU in front by two before HPU took control.
CSU will travel to Gardner-Webb on Thursday for a nationally televised matchup on ESPNU. Tipoff at Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C. is slated for 7 p.m.