December 8, 2001
Men's Basketball tops N.C. Central
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College built a 21-point halftime edge, then held on for a 90-77 win over visiting North Carolina Central in menís basketball action on Saturday night at Goodman Gym. The win improves the Indians to 6-1, while NCCU falls to 1-7.The Eagles scored the gameís first basket, but Catawba would then run of 10 straight points to take control. Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) keyed the Tribeís early run, hitting four three-pointers in the opening 7:10 to give Catawba a 19-7 edge. Central stayed close, trailing only by five at the mid-point of the half, but Catawba out-scored the Eagles 26-10 in the final 9:12 of the half to open up its 53-32 halftime lead.
Phipps finished the half with 15 points, all coming on three-point baskets, while Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) added 10 points and seven boards in the opening frame. Corey Tabron (Wake Forest, NC) was the hot man for the Eagles with 13 points in the opening half, hitting on three three-pointers.
In the second half, Catawba held a double-digit advantage for most of the half, but the Eagles kept chipping away at the lead and reduced the deficit to just eight at 77-69 with 4:23 to play on a three-point play by David Covington (Durham, NC). Covington cut the lead to 78-71 with a layin at the 3:51 mark, but a quick basket by Quentin Bryant (Badin, NC) put the lead back to nine and the Tribe went on to a 90-73 edge with 29 seconds left.
Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) led Catawba, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the final half. Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) followed with 16 points and had seven assists, while Phipps and Hamilton added 15 each. Carter and Hamilton each recorded double-doubles with 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. The Tribeís fifth starter, Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) had 10 points and nine boards.
Gary Cobb (Rocky Mount, NC) led the Eagles with 16 points, while Tabron and Dekendric Perry (Wendell, NC) each had 15 points. Covington recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Catawba connected on 10 three-pointers for the game and shot 47% from the field, while holding the Eagles to just over 40%. The Indians also held a 52-40 edge on the boards.