December 18, 2004
Men's Basketball gets win in overtime
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College used a 7-2 run in the final two minutes of overtime to claim a 76-71 win over visiting St. Augustine’s in men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. Catawba improves to 9-2 with its seventh straight win, while the Falcons fall to 4-6.
Andy Thomson (Poynton, ENGALND) connected on a three-pointer with 1:25 remaining to give Catawba the lead for good at 72-69. Neither team could score again until Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, S.C.) broke free after a St. Augustine’s miss for an uncontested dunk with seven seconds remaining. Terry Sumter Baltimore, Md.) added a second-chance basket with two seconds left to bring the Falcons within 74-71, but Brian Graves
(Newport News, Va.) salted away the win with a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds to play.
St. Augustine’s had forced the extra time by scoring the final five points of regulation. Norman Morrow (Washington, D.C.) hit a free throw to start the rally, while Sumter brought the score to 67-65 on a layin with 1:32 left. Claude Neeley (Tallahassee, Fla.) tied the game with 59 seconds left. Damien Daniels (Manhattan, N.Y.) had a chance to win the game for the Falcons, but his shot at the buzzer of regulation came up short.
Catawba built a 36-29 lead at the half behind 44% shooting, while the Falcons hit just 27%. The Indians went down by three early in the second half, but three consecutive three-pointers by freshman Jamel Hamilton (Virginia Beach, Va.) gave the Tribe a 51-50 lead with 11:55 to play. Graves would add a pair of three’s and Thomson added a layup to push the Catawba edge to 61-55 with 5:10 remaining.
Hamilton tallied 19 points to pace Catawba, while Graves added 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Thomson had 11 points and nine boards. Allan Lovett (Raleigh, N.C.) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead five Falcons in double digits. Morrow and Daniels each had 13, while Carl Gervais (Queens, N.Y.) had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.