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Houston Scores 29 in Men's Basketball Loss to AASU

SALISBURY, NC -- Armstrong Atlantic State and sixth-ranked Clayton State earned wins on Friday night in men’s basketball action at the Walt Baker Classic, hosted by Catawba College at Goodman Gym.

Clayton State (3-0) picked up a 68-49 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2), while AASU (5-0) took a 94-86 decision over host Catawba (1-3).

Armstrong Atlantic surged ahead in the final 10 minutes of the first half. A jumper by Brian Taylor (Timmonsville, SC) put the visitors on top for good at 26-24 with 9:07 left. The Pirates went on to score 10 straight points and led 48-32 at the break.

Taylor had 13 of his 28 points in the opening frame as the Pirates shot nearly 60% (20-of-34). Catawba trailed by double digits most of the second half, but pulled within 75-67 on a three-pointer by freshman Donzell Williams (Salem, VA) with 6:24 remaining.

Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, VA) cut the margin to 83-77 with 1:28 to go, but the Pirates did enough at the line, hitting on 7-of-11 in the last 1:27, to hold off the late charge. Catawba freshman Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC) led all scorers with 29 points. He hit on 11-of-20 attempts and canned a trio of three-pointers. Wooldridge added 16 in the loss.

Five Pirates reached double figures as Patrick Sanou (Ougadagou, BURKINA FASO) and Tory Harris (Lakeland, FL) each added 15 and Jamaal Galloway (Inverness, FL) and Kevin Parker (Savannah, GA) each had 10. AASU enjoyed a 39-27 edge on the boards and shot 58% for the game.

Clayton State used a strong first half to earn its win. The Lakers ran out to a 28-11 lead and held a 38-17 edge at the break. The Lakers hit on 56% in the opening half, including a sparkling 9-of-12 from three-point range.

The Bears fell down by 25 early in the second half, but did claw back to within 15 with just under four minutes to play. Michael Sloan (Jonesboro, GA) and Brandon Kelley (Leesburg, FL) each had 18 points to pace Clayton State. Josh Kindred (Holly Springs, NC) led Lenoir-Rhyne with 16 points.


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