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Mannings helps lift Men's Basketball to win at Newberry

NEWBERRY, SC – Catawba built an early 19-point lead and held off host Newberry 86-78 in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena.  Catawba moves to 14-3 overall and 2-0 in the SAC, while Newberry falls to 5-8 and 0-2.
Catawba scored the first 10 points and led 17-3 after five minutes.  Newberry pulled within 17-10, but three-pointers by Brian Graves, Helgi Magnusson and Jamel Hamilton keyed a 12-0 run that pushed the advantage to 29-10 and the Tribe held a 44-31 lead at the break.

Catawba held a double-digit edge for the early part of the second half before Newberry rallied.  Thos host Indians trimmed the deficit to 52-48 after a basket by Antoinne Frazier with 12:55 remaining.  A 10-2 run by the Tribe, capped by a three-pointer by Hamilton pushed the lead back to 12 at 65-53 at the 9:05 mark.

Newberry made one last run, cutting the lead to 76-73 on a pair of free throws by Alonzo Hinds with 2:50 left.  Catawba scored the next six points on two free throws by Jolly Manning and a basket and two free throws by Helgi Magnusson to lead 82-73 58 seconds remaining.  

Manning led Catawba with 19 points, hitting all five field goal attempts and 9-of-10 at the line.  Graves followed with 17 points and Magnusson 14.  Hamilton, with 13 points, and Chris Wooldridge, with 11, also reached double figures.  Hinds led all scorers with 22 points for Newberry.

Catawba shot 57% from the field, hitting on 27-of-47 shots, including 62% in the opening half.  Newberry shot only 39%, but did pull down 20 offensive rebounds.  Newberry held a 39-37 edge on the boards and help cause 22 Catawba turnovers.

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