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Men's Basketball goes 2-2 over Holiday action


   The Catawba men’s basketball team picked up a pair of wins over four games during the holidays.  The Indians split games at the Hoop n’ Surf Classic in Honolulu just prior to Christmas and then split games at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Moretz Sports Classic just before New Years.  The Tribe topped Midwestern State 74-63 and fell to fourth-ranked St. Joseph’s(IN) 91-80 in Hawaii the lost to Virginia State 84-79 and beat Shaw 75-73 to move its record to 12-3 before opening conference play this Saturday.
Catawba trailed Midwestern State by seven in the opening half before rallying to grab a 34-32 lead at the break.  After a tying basket to open the final half, Andy Thomson put the Tribe up for good on a basket with 19-27 left.  

The Indians built a nine-point lead, but Midwestern clawed back within a point at 55-54 with 7:37 remaining.  Thomson responded with a three-point play and Brian Graves connected on a three-pointer to push the margin back to 68-59 with 3:22 left.  Graves led Catawba with 14 points, scoring 11 in the opening half.  Ahmad Murphy added 11 points.  

The Tribe held Midwestern State to 33% shooting and held a 47-41 edge on the boards.  The Indians also blocked nine shots.

In a battle of nationally ranked teams, Catawba would fall to St. Joseph’s by 11.  St. Joseph’s jumped out to an eight-point lead in the opening five minutes, but a run by Indians gave Catawba a 19-18 edge with 12:02 to go in the opening half.  After falling down by seven, St. Joseph’s rallied back to lead 41-38 at the break.

The teams were tied 42-42 early in the second half when a 15-3 run game fourth-ranked St. Joseph’s a 57-45 lead.  Only a three-pointer by Jamel Hamilton with 16:16 left, cutting the margin to 59-50, got Catawba within 10 points the rest of the way.  

Hamilton and Chris Wooldridge tallied 13 points for Catawba.  The Indians shot 50% for the game, but were our-rebounded 51-31.  Derek Fey led SJC with 20 points and 16 rebounds.  

The Indians would fall to Virginia State in the opening game of the Moretz Sports Classic at L-R on Friday.  The Trojans connected on eight three-pointers to help offset a 39-29 deficit in rebounds.  Catawba led most of the first half and took a 46-44 lead to the break.

Virginia State was able to grab an eight-point lead with six minutes left, but the Tribe scored eight straight points to tie the game.  A three-pointer by Helgi Magnusson gave Catawba a 77-76 lead with 1:54 to go.  A jumper by VSU’s Brian Henderson tied the game at 79-79 with 1:06 left and delivered a three-point play after a Tribe turnover with 30 seconds left.  The Indians failed to score and Henderson iced the game on a layup with five ticks on the clock.

Wooldridge had 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Catawba.  Graves added 16 points and eight assists.  The Tribe shot 54% to 52.5% for Virginia State.

Graves snapped a 71-71 tie with a three-pointer with 1:28 left in Catawba’s win over Shaw and the Tribe survived when Shaw missed the front end of a one-and-one with three seconds to play.  After the three pointer, Wooldridge hit one free throw with 1:03 to go before a basket by Daniel Jackson cut the margin to 75-73 with 46 seconds left.  After a blocked shot, Catawba fouled with three seconds left, but Jason Coleman misfired from the line.  

Shaw led in the early minutes, but Catawba took its first lead with 13:10 to go in the opening half and led most of the way.  The Indians jumped ahead by 10 early in the second half, but Shaw rallied and led 60-59 at the ten minute mark of the final half.  A three-pointer by Jackson had tied the score at 71-71 with 1:41 to go just before Graves answered for the Tribe.

Hamilton came off the bench to score 13 points for Catawba, while Graves added 10 points and six rebounds.  The Indians shot only 38%, but held a 52-38 edge on the boards.  The Indians also connected on 10 three-pointers.

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