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Men's Basketball stays unbeaten with win over Shaw


   SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne earned victories on the opening night of men’s basketball action at the Walt Baker Classic sponsored by C.F. Parks on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  Catawba (7-0) picked up a 82-65 win over Shaw (0-5), while Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2) topped N.C. Central (1-5) by a count of 71-63.         
Catawba, ranked 17th in NCAA II, never trailed against the Bears and led 30-13 after 10 minutes.  The Indians hit on 56% of its shots in the opening half and had just four turnovers in building a 48-28 lead at the break.  Shaw could only get within 15 in the final half, but Catawba used a 11-1 run midway through the period to ice the issue.

Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) led Catawba with 16 points and dished out six assists.  Brian Graves (Newport News, VA) added 15 points, while Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, NC) scored 13 points.  Ron Colbert (Decatur, AL) scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Shaw, while Larry McCullers (Detroit, MI) ad Jason Coleman (Raleigh, NC) each tossed in 10 points.

Catawba shot 55% for the game with Shaw canning 41% of its shots.  The Bears held a 38-31 edge on the boards, but made only 8-of-18 free throws.  

Lenoir-Rhyne built a 15-point lead in the second half and then held off N.C. Central.  After falling behind 55-40 with 11:51 to play, the Eagles rallied to within four on several occasions with the last coming at 64-60 with 3:36 left.  Josh Rudder (Graham, NC) and Donte Watson (Fayetteville, NC) scored layups for Lenoir-Rhyne to push the lead back to eight at 68-60.

The Bears shot 48% for the game to just 38% for N.C. Central, but the Eagles held a 47-34 edge on the boards.  NCCU grabbed 25 offensive rebounds.  The Eagles were hurt at the free throw line where they converted only 16-of-34 chances.

Rudder scored 21 points to lead L-R with Reggie Bratton (Charlotte, NC) adding 13 points.  Julius McClellan (Lakeland, FL) led the Eagles with 15 points, while Charles Futrell (Fayetteville, NC) had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

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