Basketball (M)

Want offense? Go to Catawba’s gym

By Ronnie Gallagher, The Salisbury Post The football teams of Catawba College and Central Arkansas University promise to give sports fans in Rowan County a lot of offense this afternoon. And just think. It will be nothing compared to the dizzying pace a couple of hours later on the same campus. The plan is this. Tailgate before the football game, which starts at 1 p.m. When the game ends around 4:30, go back to the parking lot and keep tailgating until 7 p.m. Then, mosey over to Goodman Gym for the season opener in basketball between South Atlantic Conference preseason favorite Catawba and Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference contender — and Catawba neighbor — Pfeiffer. *** Even though Catawba has loads of talent returning from last year’s 25-5 champion, Pfeiffer is not the type of team Jim Baker wants to open the season against. Pfeiffer has rung up 46 victories over the last two seasons (including a 20-8 campaign last season) in the only way coach Dave Davis knows: running and chugging and sprinting. Which usually leaves opponents huffing and puffing and doubling over. “They press the whole time and like to get it up over 100 points,” said Baker. “I like to run too — but not everybody’s going to play like Pfeiffer. “I wish we could open with somebody else. That style is hard to play. It’s a frantic type of basketball.” Baker laughed at the people who told him to schedule Pfeiffer this year because the cupboard was bare in Misenheimer. “I knew better than that,” Baker said. What he found out is that Davis has four Division I transfers, two Prop 48 kids and two junior college transfers. “They’re going to be as talented as they’ve ever been,” Baker said. *** But Davis knows the talent level at Catawba too. “They’re a great team,” he said. “We lost our top eight guys and they bring back everybody, including Terrence Hamilton (from an injury). And they did quite well without him last year.” Pfeiffer won’t be as tall as Catawba, thanks mainly to 6-foot-9 Alex Luyk and high-jumping 6-7 forward Brian Carter. They’ll battle former South star Damien Argrett, a freshman who has grown to 6-9 and, much to Davis’ glee, has shot-blocking ability. The Catawba backcourt has Baker worried. Projected starters Kevin Petty and Duke Phipps are ailing. Phipps has practiced, despite a groin injury and Petty has an injured left hand. Quentin Bryant is coming off a back injury. And believe this. You definitely need guards against one of the most exciting teams in North Carolina, regardless of division. Pfeiffer. Tyree Harris, a 6-1 transfer from Bethune Cookman, was unstoppable at times last season. Terrence McCutcheon is a 6-4 transfer from Nicholls State. He is listed as a forward, but c’mon, he has guard tendencies. He likes to shoot and he can definitely score from the outside. *** Davis said first and foremost, he is glad this rivalry is continuing after a two-year hiatus. The teams are 25 miles apart and both Division II. But he sounded a bit like Baker. He wishes they were playing later in the season. “Our inexperience is still a problem,” he said. “But we’ll keep playing the Pfeiffer style and push the ball.” Baker knows that. “They’ll give up two points to get three,” he said. In other words, folks, get ready for some offense. It might just make the football game seem tame. ######

Today's Events

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 4-6 LVideoStats
Softball vs BARTON, 11-3 WStats
Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise, 12-13 LVideoStats
Softball vs BARTON, 11-0 WStats
Tennis (W) @ Elon, 0-7 LStats

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«February 2018»
1
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

2
February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

3
February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

4
February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

56
February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

7
February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

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February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

10
February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

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February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

13
February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

14
February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

15
February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

16
February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

17
February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

18
February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

19
February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

20
February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

21
February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

22
February 22

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

23
February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

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February 24

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

25
February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

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February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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