January 2, 2002
Carter nets career-high in Men's Basketball win over Livingstone
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba Collegeís Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) scored a career-high 32 points and was named Most Valuable Player of the Salisbury Roundball Classic as the Indians defeated crosstown rival Livingstone 75-68 in menís basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba improves to 9-2 with the win, while the Blue Bears fall to 2-9.Carter, a junior who ranked sixth in NCAA II in scoring before the Christmas break, was held to just three points in Saturdayís win over N.C. Central, but would tally 20 in the opening half of tonightís win. The teams battled tightly through most of the first half and Livingstone tied the game at 22-22 on a three-pointer by Moise Nash (Decatur, GA) at the 9:25 mark.
From that point, Catawba sophomore Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) would score seven of nine points and block two shots to help put the Tribe ahead 31-22 with 6:04 in the half. Carter would add 10 points in the final 5:24 to give the Indians a 43-37 edge at the break.
The Indians would move out to a 15-point lead at 65-50 in the first 10 minutes of the half and led 69-59 with 4:36 remaining before a Livingstone rally. The Blue Bears ran off seven straight points to close within 69-66 on a short jumper by Paul Michael (Newport News, VA) with 1:33 to go. Luyk hit a key hook shot with 59 seconds to play to end the run and put the Indians up 71-66. The teams traded missed free throws down the stretch before a dunk by Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) iced the issue with nine seconds left.
Luyk was the only other Catawba player besides Carter to reach double figures as he had 13 points and added 10 rebounds. It marked his fourth straight double-double and his fifth of the season. Jerome LaGrange (New Orleans, LA) had a double-double for Livingstone with 13 points and 11 boards. Nash and Michael each added a dozen points. Neither team faired well shooting the ball as Livingstone hit just 34% from the floor and 44% at the line, while Catawba shot 39% from the floor and 54% at the line.