Basketball (M)

Catawba’s Brian Carter hits 32 in victory over Livingstone

By David Shaw, The Salisbury Post Maybe a change in weather was all Brian Carter needed Wednesday night. As snowflakes accumulated outside Goodman Gym, the Catawba junior walked in his own winter wonderland in the Indians’ 75-68 men’s basketball victory over visiting Livingstone.“The last couple games I hadn’t been scoring much. Something was missing,” Carter said after roasting the Blue Bears for a career-high 32 points and earning MVP honors in the first Salisbury Roundball Classic. “I started feeling it in practice (Tuesday) and then tonight, surprisingly, I just found it.” He found it in handfuls as Catawba (9-2) kicked off the new year with its fourth win in the past five games. The slashing, 190-pound forward from Alexandria, Va. shot 12-for-16 from the floor and gave Livingstone (2-9) all it could handle. “Early in the year Brian was relying too much on his jump shot,” said Catawba coach Jim Baker. “He wanted to be a scorer, but that’s not his game. Tonight you saw his game. Stickbacks, layups, second shots, running the floor. He quietly did it all pretty well.” Even Livingstone coach Buck Joyner had to agree. “Don’t get me wrong — he’s a great player,” he said. “I’d love to have him myself. But what he did tonight wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. We got in foul trouble and (Catawba) was patient enough to get him the ball in mismatch situations. He should have done what he did.” Carter, limited to three points in 21 foul-plagued minutes in Saturday’s victory at N.C. Central, returned in spectacular fashion. He picked his spots with the precision of a surgeon, pouring in 20 first-half points. Then during a nine-minute stretch of the second half he connected on five of six field goal attempts as Catawba built a 15-point advantage. “I was just taking advantage of what they were giving me,” said Carter, who scored 31 points in a season-opening win against Pfeiffer. “If I’m open and my teammates get me the ball in scoring position, I’ve got to knock it down.” “You know, (Carter) didn’t do much the last few games,” said teammate Alex Luyk. “Maybe he was a little mad about that.” It was Luyk who applied the decisive stamp after Livingstone’s Moise Nash nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score, 22-22, with 9:21 remaining in the opening stanza. The 6-foot-9 Spaniard triggered a 9-0 Catawba run with a short hook from the right side. A minute later he gained the left baseline and scored on an earthquake dunk. Finally, he unleashed a 3-point bomb from the left side that put the hosts up 31-22 with 6:01 on the clock. “Alex got it going pretty good and we just exploded,” said Baker. “When those threes are going in we can be an explosive team..” Livingstone drew as close as 69-66 when Paul Michael canned a short-range fadeaway jumper with 1:32 to play. But the Bears were their own worst enemy, missing eight of their final 10 free throws — including a pair by high-scorer Jerome LaGrange with 35 seconds remaining. “We had a chance in the end but I think the kids gave it up and began to drop their heads when we missed two front ends on some free throws,” said Joyner. “I think they felt like they didn’t have a chance to win.” *** NOTES: Catawba had only 12 turnovers, well below its season average of 20.8 per game. ... The Indians open SAC play at 4 p.m. Saturday against visiting Lenoir-Rhyne. ... The Blue Bears looked rusty in their first action since Dec. 15. They shot only 34 percent from the field, including 13-for-45 in the second half. #####

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«March 2018»
March 2

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3

March 3

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5

Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4

Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5

March 4

Softball @ Limestone 8-1

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7

Softball @ Limestone 1-2

March 5

Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)

Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1

March 6

Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11

Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17

Baseball @ Tampa 5-9

March 7

Softball vs. KING 3-17

Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15

Softball vs. KING 2-0

Baseball @ Tampa 8-12

March 9

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6

Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3

Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3

March 10

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2

Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7

Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0

Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9

Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8

March 11

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC) 

March 12

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12

March 13

Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8

March 14

Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6

March 15

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)

Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7

Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9

Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8

Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25

Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7

Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)

March 16

Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1) 

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.

March 17

Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic

Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12

March 18

Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6

Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8

March 19

Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)

Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)

March 20

Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC) 4th of 10

Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC) 6th of 11

March 21

Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 12-11

Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 5-12

March 22

Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2-7

Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2

Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 1-8

Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 8-1

March 23

Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1) 

March 24

Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)

Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon

Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.

Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.

March 25

Baseball @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Mars Hill 3:30 p.m.

March 26

Baseball @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.

March 27

Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.

Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.

March 28

Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)

Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.

March 29

Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)

Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.

March 30

Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)

Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.

Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.

March 31

Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)

Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon

Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.

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