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Men's Basketball survives near 11-minutes scoreless drought and holds off LR

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College built a 24-point second half advantage and survived a near 11-minute scoreless span to hold off Lenoir-Rhyne, taking a 65-55 win in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Indians remain atop the league standing, improving to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the SAC, winning for the eighth straight time. The Bears fall to 11-9 and 5-3.Catawba rolled in the opening half, leading 25-11 after 12 minutes. The Tribe led by 19 twice and took a 39-20 edge at the break following a three-pointer by Zach Snyder (Lexington, N.C.) with eight seconds remaining. Catawba hit on 58% (14-of-24) in the opening half with s-of-9 from three-point range. Lenoir-Rhyne struggled, hitting just 27% (7-of-26). The Indians would take a 46-22 on a layup by Andy Thompson (Poynton, ENGLAND) with 17:27 to go, but then did not score for nearly 11 minutes before a Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, N.C.) tip-in at the 6:37 mark to keep Catawba on top at 48-43. The Bears had put together a 21-0 run to close within 46-43. The Indians had eight turnovers and missed 13 straight shots. Reggie Bratton (Charlotte, N.C.) started the L-R run with six straight points and finished with a career-high 18, hitting on 7-of-11 from the field. The Bears never took the lead, but Bratton brought Lenoir-Rhyne within three twice in the final three minutes. Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) answered Bratton twice then Snyder canned a three-pointer with the shot clock running down to push the Indian lead to 59-51 with 53 seconds to go. Catawba made all six free throw tries in the final 36 seconds. Catawba finished at 48% (23-of-48) for the game, while the Bears improved to 35% (21-of-60). Lenoir-Rhyne held a 37-35 edge on the boards and help force 20 Tribe turnovers. Stephan Hinds (Winston-Salem, N.C.) also reached double figures for the Bears with 10. Magnusson had 14 to pace the Tribe, while Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, S.C.) had 11. #####

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