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Men's Basketball holds on to SAC lead

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College, ranked 23rd in NCAA II, held on to defeat visiting Presbyterian 71-64 in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba maintains its lead in the league, moving to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the SAC. Presbyterian falls to 8-10 and 1-5.Presbyterian managed only six field goals, shooting 22.2%, in the opening half and fell behind by 35-19. The Blue Hose also committed 11 turnovers, but kept from getting totally out of the game by holding Catawba to just 36.4% shooting. Presbyterian would shoot 45% in the final half and would trim the deficit to six at 48-42 on a jumper by Chuck Rayford (Greenville, SC) with 10:14 to go. Catawba would counter on a three-pointer by Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC), a layin by Jacob Parks (Trinity, NC) and a pair of Petty free throws to lead 55-42 at the 8:32 mark. Presbyterian would again get within six at 66-60 on a pair of free throws by Andrew Dellinger (Mauertown, VA) with 1:30 remaining, but Petty hit on 5-of-s free throws over the next 35 seconds to push the advantage for Catawba back to 11 points at 71-60 with 55 second to play. Petty scored 23 points to lead the Indians, while Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) added a double-double with 18 points and a dozen rebounds. Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA), the league’s top scorer, had 15 points and nine boards. Rayford tossed in 19 points to lead Presbyterian, while Jeff Whittle (Strasburg, VA) had 10 points and eight rebounds. Neither team shot well as Presbyterian finished at 35% (21-of-60), while Catawba hit for 34.4% (24-of-70). #######

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