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Wooldridge nets career-high 21 as Men's Basketball stays in first

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College rallied for an 81-78 victory over visiting Wingate in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Indians hold onto first place in the league, winning for the sixth straight time and improving to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the SAC. Wingate falls to 6-12 and 2-4, losing for the 13th straight time to Catawba in Salisbury. Wingate led by six with just over eight minutes to play in a game that featured 10 ties and 14 lead changes. Sean Barnette (Rock Hill, S.C.) hit consecutive three-pointers to give the Bulldogs a 63-57 edge. The Tribe responded with a 12-0 run to grab its own six-point edge. Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, Va.) and Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland) hit two free throws each to bring Catawba within 63-61 then Brian Graves (Newport News, Va.) hit a three-pointer at the 6:26 mark to Catawba up for good at 64-63. The Indians would increase its edge to 74-65 with 3:09 left and withstood a late Wingate charge. The Bulldogs scored seven straight to trim the deficit to 74-72 with 1:02 left. From there the Tribe hit on seven straight free throws before a miss with a half second to play. Wooldridge led Catawba with a career-high 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting from the field. Hamilton added 17 points, while Magnusson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Graves and Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, S.C.) had 11 points each. Barnette led all scorers with 23 points for the Bulldogs and pulled down eight boards. Gary Marsh (Lillington, N.C.) added 13 points, while Shaun Kirkland (Allendale, S.C.) and Ahmad Richardson (Havelock, N.C.) had 10 apiece. Catawba tied a school mark with 12 blocked shots, led by Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, N.C.) with six. Catawba shot 44% (27-of-61) for the game with nine three pointers, while the Bulldogs shot 41% (28-of-68), hitting on seven trifectas. Catawba would connect on 18-of-24 at the line with Wingate making 15-of-24. The Tribe held a 41-39 edge on the boards, but had 22 turnovers to just 16 for Wingate. #####

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