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Men's Basketball holds off North Greenville

TIGERVILLE, S.C. -- Catawba College raced to a 17-point first half lead then held off North Greenville to defeat the host Crusaders 75-60 in menís basketball action on Monday night. The Indians improve to 12-4 with the win, while North Greenville falls to 3-13. Catawba hit 10 of its first 15 shots and grabbed a 31-15 lead. The Indians led 36-19, but North Greenville would go on a 14-2 run over the last five minutes of the half and trailed just 38-33 at the break. Catawba shot 52% in the opening half, but committed 10 turnovers. The Crusaders would take the lead early in the second after a pair of free throws by Trevor Boggs at 45-44. The last North Greenville advantage was 47-46 at the 15:26 mark following two more Boggs free throws. Catawba would take the lead for good on a jumper by Jamel Hamilton (Virginia Beach, Va.) with 13:52 remaining. North Greenville trailed by only three at 61-58 with just under seven minutes to play, but a layup by Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) and a tip-in by Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, Va.) at the 5:30 mark gave the Tribe a 65-58 edge. Catawba held the Crusaders to just two points over the final 6:38 of the game. Magnusson led Catawba with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Hamilton had 14 points off the bench, while Wooldridge had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. The Tribe would shoot 45% for the game and had just four turnovers in the final half, finishing with 14. The Indians also held a 46-36 edge on the boards. Daniel Morbitzer scored 14 points to lead North Greenville, while Victor Duck added 13. The Crusaders were just 4-of-27 from three-point range and connected on 36% for the game. #######

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