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Men's Basketball picks up sixth straight win

BLUEFIELD, W.V. -- Catawba College used a balanced attack to defeat host Bluefield State in menís basketball action on Thursday night. Catawba earns its sixth straight win and improves to 8-2, while the Big Blues fall to 0-9. Andy Thomson (Poynton, ENGLAND) and Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, Va.) each tossed in 13 points to lead the Tribe, while Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, S.C.) added 11 in the win for Catawba. The Indians shot 46% and helpd cause 27 turnovers with 18 steals. Brian Graves (Newport News, Va.) had eight points and seven assists. Catawba took the lead for good in the opening minute on a three-pointer by Murphy at 3-2. A layup by Thomson with 7:57 to go in the first half pushed the Tribe lead to double-digits at 24-13. Catawba would lead by 10 at the break at 41-31. Bluefield State trimmed the deficit to seven points early in the second half, but baskets by Murphy and Thomson returned the lead to double figures. A three-pointer by Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) gave the Tribe a 54-39 edge with 15:16 remaining. The Tribe held a double digit advantage until one final run by the Big Blues. Down by 12, Bluefield State got a tip-in from Chawn Martin and four straight points by Matthew Cook to cut the margin to six at 69-63 with 4:04 remaining. A layup by Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and a three-pointer by Thomson started a 10-2 Tribe run that iced the contest. Martin and Corey Love paced Bluefield State with 20 points each. Love hit on 9-of-12 shots from the floor, while Martin added eight rebounds. The Big Blues held a 38-32 edge on the boards, while both teams shot well at the line as Catawba hit on 13-of-15 (86.7%) and Bluefield 14-of-17 (82.4%). #####

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