Chowan drops season-opener in hoops

Published 11:40 am Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chowan University’s men’s basketball team put up a fight against Division 1 Campbell University here Saturday before falling 79-64 in the Hawks’ season-opener.

Chowan started the game with three quick three-pointers on their first three possessions to take an early 9-4 lead. But turnovers plagued the Hawks in the first half, as they gave it up 18 times to go the locker room at halftime down 41-29.

Campbell pulled away in the second half after hitting 70 percent from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc. Chowan gave up the ball 28 times in the game, and Campbell picked up 36 of its 79 points off those turnovers. The Hawks’ defense pushed Campbell to turn the ball over 23 times, but they couldn’t convert consistently on the offensive end, hitting 43 percent (22-51) from the field and 35 percent (6-17) from beyond the arc.

Chowan’s Layth Mansour led the Hawks’ offensive attack with 14 points. He also had a team-high eight boards in 37 minutes on the court. Aaron Scott came off the bench to net 13 points and dish out three assists. Charles Rhodes knocked down a trio of three-pointers for nine points, while both Jaleel Nelson, a Lakeland High graduate, and Mark Brown had nine points in the game.

For Campbell Jonathan Rodriquez netted a game-high 30 points.

The Hawks will return to action on Tuesday night as they host Barton College in the Helms Center in Murfreesboro. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.