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Men's Basketball falls in final seconds to J.C. Smith

SALISBURY, N.C. Ė Johnson C. Smith guard Jerome Givens (Versailles, Kent.) scored on a ten foot jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Golden Bulls over host Catawba 76-74 in menís basketball action on Monday night at Goodman Gym. The Golden Bulls snap a four-game losing streak with the victory and improve to 5-5. Catawba falls to 9-3, ending a seven-game winning streak.Catawba had fought back from an 11-point deficit in the final three and a half minutes before Givensí shot gave JCSU the win. The Indians trailed 69-58, but Andy Thomson (Poynton, England) started an 8-0 Catawba run that cut the margin to 69-66 with 2:14 to play. Thomson also had two free throws in the run, while Jamel Hamilton (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland) added layups. Givens would convert two of four free throws on the next two Bull possessions while Brian Graves (Newport News, Va.) had layups that trimmed the lead to 71-70 at the 1:22 mark. Chris Clyburn (Charlotte, N.C.) hit one of two from the stripe with 1:18 remaining and John Fulton (Manning, S.C.) added two to give JCSU a 74-70 lead with 1:05 to go. Graves would hit a layup with 45 seconds remaining and after a steal by Jorvewe Gibson (Charlotte, N.C.), Graves converted another layin with 28 ticks left to knot the score at 74-74, setting up Givensí game-winner. Six points had been the largest margin for either team until the Golden Bulls used a 15-3 run to take its 11-point bulge. Benjamin Chasten (Mount Olive, N.C.) started the run with 8:08 left with a three-pointer that put J.C. Smith up 57-55. Clyburn had seven points in the run, including a three-pointer with 5:06 left for a 64-58 JCSU lead. Charles Clark (Greenville, S.C.) had the other five points in the run. Clark and Clyburn each had 18 points to pace the Golden Bulls. Clark added nine rebounds, while Fulton pulled down eight boards. Givens had 15 points and seven assists with Clyburn netting 11 points with six rebounds. Graves had 19 points and five assists to lead Catawba. Thomson added 14 points and six rebounds, while Magnusson tallied 10 points with seven rebounds. Each team shot 44% in the contest with Smith gaining an edge at the line, converting 17-of-29 (59%) chances to just 9-of-19 (48%) for the Tribe. JCSU held a 42-38 edge on the boards, but had 18 turnovers to 14 for Catawba. The Indians had just one turnover in the last half to 10 for the Golden Bulls. #####

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