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Men's Basketball falls in exhibition opener to Athletes In Action

SALISBURY, NC Catawba College fell to Athletes In Action 81-72 in a mens basketball exhibition game on Monday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba had bolted to a 19-4 lead after making its first nine shots, but AIA would eventually take the lead at 52-51 with 13:15 to play after a layup by Andrew Lasker. Catawba hit 17-of-30 shots in the opening half and helped force 13 turnover in gaining a 41-37 edge at the break. Brian Graves and Jolly Manning each had 10 points for the Tribe, while Ahmad Murphy recorded six steals, five in the opening 10 minutes. Helgi Magnusson hit a pair of three-pointers for the Indians to start the second half to push the Catawba lead to 47-37, but the Indians went cold, making only one of its next 12 shots as the Athletes In Action whittled away at the lead. After losing the lead, Catawba briefly regained the lead at 55-52 after free throws by Manning and Magnusson, but Andy Gilbert put AIA up for good on a jumper with 9:50 left at 56-55. Catawba trailed 71-60 inside three minutes, but made a run and trailed just 74-70 after a three-point play by Graves and a three-pointer by Jamel Hamilton. AIA would stay in front by hitting free throws down the stretch, canning 26-of-31 for the game. Demetrice Williams scored 19 points to lead AIA, with Lasker added 18 and Joe Nixon 16. Graves had 20 points for Catawba, while Magnusson tossed in 17. Manning posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. #####

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