Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball rally falls short against J.C. Smith

SALISBURY, NC -- Johnson C. Smith jumped out to an early 19-point lead, then held off host Catawba for an 85-79 win in menís basketball action on Sunday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The win improves J.C. Smith to 8-2, while the Indians fall to 7-2. Both teams entered ranked among the top 10 in the South Atlantic Region, J.C. Smith was seventh, with Catawba eighth.The Golden Bulls blitzed Catawba in the opening nine minutes, racing to a 26-7 lead. Smith hit on 11 of its first 16 shots, while Catawba was just 2-of-14 and had nine turnovers. The Indians settled down from that point and reduced the margin to 10 by the half at 42-32. Catawba continued to cut into the deficit in the second half, getting within three at 56-53 on a pair of free throws by Quentin Bryant (Badin, NC) with 11:14 to play. Earl Foreman (Philadelphia, PA) answered for Smith, hitting a pair of layups, the second a three-point play, to push the lead back to eight with 8:44 remaining. The Indians would creep back within four at 61-57 on a layin by Bryant, but Tyson Bates (Asheville, NC) hit a three-pointer for the Golden Bulls, who would increase their edge to 12 with just two minutes to play. Smith hit enough free throws (9-of-16) in the final 1:39 to hold on. Antoine Sims (Buffalo, NY) led the Golden Bulls, with 25 points, while Marco Spears (Buies Creek, NC) added 19. Foreman had 18 points and nine assists, hitting on 8-of-11 free throws. All five Catawba starters reached double figures with Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN), Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) and Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) each recording double-doubles. Luyk had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Carter added 17 points and 11 boards, while Hamilton chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Catawba shot a season low 38.8% and committed 20 turnovers, while the Golden Bulls hit on 50% of its attempts. The Indians held a 50-32 edge on the board, including grabbing 26 offensive rebounds. #######

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