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Men's Basketball falls at buzzer despite career-high 33 from Magnusson

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Douglas Tshomba hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lead Tusculum College to an 89-88 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Alpine Arena. The Pioneers, now 12-9 overall and 5-5 in the SAC, have won their last five home games, while ending Catawba's nine-game winning streak. The Indians, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region, falls to 18-5 and 8-2. Tshomba finished with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Greg McIntosh (Indianapolis, Ind.) poured in a career-high 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Junior Donald Sexton (Oneida, Tenn.) added 16 points, while freshman Jordan Lear (Zanesville, Ohio) tallied 15 points. Sophomore Matt Farus (Zanesville, Ohio) accounted for 11 points to round out the scoring for Tusculum Catawba junior Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland) recorded a double-double with a career-high 33 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, N.C.) added 14 points and equaled a school record seven blocked shots. Jamel Hamilton (Virginia Beach, Va.) contributed 13 points off the bench, while Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, S.C.) and Brian Graves (Newport News, Va.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Graves also finished with a game-high eight assists on the afternoon. With the score tied at 82-82, Graves nailed a three-pointer with 46 seconds left. McIntosh cut the deficit back to one with a pair of free throws with 34 seconds remaining to make the score 85-84. With 20 ticks left, Magnusson was fouled again as he connected on his two free throw attempts to move Catawba back ahead by three (87-84). Tusculum trimmed the deficit to one as McIntosh drove to the lane for a bucket with 13 seconds left. McIntosh fouled out of the game a second later, sending Magnusson to the line for two. He missed the first shot, while making the second to move Catawba up 88-86. Following a timeout, Tusculum moved up the floor, but couldn't get a look. Tshomba received the ball in the corner with time running out. The Brussels, Belgium native dribbled out to the wing and let loose his shot at the horn. #####

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