Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball wins ninth straight

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College, ranked 20th in NCAA II, built a 43-24 lead at the half and held off visiting Newport News Apprentice 80-71 in menís basketball action on Monday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba won its ninth straight game and improved to 16-2. Apprentice fell to 14-5 and had a seven-game win streak snapped.Catawba roared out of the gates, hitting its first five shots and racing to an 11-2 edge. The Indians would go on to build 25-7 edge after 10 minutes. Catawba held the Builders to just 10 first half field goals and just a 29.4% shooting percentage. The Indians hit on 48.6% of its first half shots and connected on seven three-pointers. Apprentice would open the second half on a 16-2 run and cut the margin to 49-44 at the 14:16 mark after a layin by Steven Everett (Norfolk, VA). Catawba would answer to get the lead back to a dozen on an Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) with 13:13 left. Apprentice would get within four several times, the last at 65-61 with just under five minutes remaining. The Indians would take a nine point lead at 72-63 on a three-pointer by Luyk with 3:04 remaining and was able to hold off the Builders. Luyk finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and became Catawbaís all-time leader in blocked shots at 108 with a pair in the first half. Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) led the Tribe iwth 19 points and added five assists and three steals. Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Builders were led by David Selby (Chesapeake, VA), who had 26 points and 12 rebounds. Maze Toomer (Baltimore, MD) added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Terrence Wilson (Suffolk, VA) tossed in 12 points with eight boards. #######

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