January 30, 2002
Men's Basketball falls into tie for first with loss to C-N
SALISBURY, NC -- Carson-Newman upset 20th ranked Catawba 95-77 in men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym and moved into a three way tie atop the league standings. The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for Catawba, dropping the Indians to 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the SAC. won its ninth straight game and improved to 16-2. Carson-Newman won for the 15th time in the last 16 games in improving to 15-4 and 6-1.Carson-Newman connected on 12 of its first 17 shots and bolted to a 31-11 lead in the opening 10 minutes. Catawba made a brief run, reeling off eight straight points, getting back-to-back three-pointers by Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) and Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) to close to within 39-30 at the 3:28 mark of the half. The Eagles led 46-34 at the break.
The Eagles would lead by 25 with eight minutes to go before Catawba got back to within 16 at 82-66 with 3:35 left. That was as close as Catawba would get. Carson-Newman placed all five starters in double figures, led by Kyle Gribble (Sparta, TN) with 20. Lorenzo Davis (Bimini, BAHAMAS) added 15 and Dustin Edwards (Erwin, TN) scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.
Carter, the league’s leading scorer, led Catawba with 24 points and added seven rebounds. Petty tallied 14 and Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) added 13 points and five assists. Carson-Newman shot 54% for the game, while Catawba hit only 41% of its attempts. The Eagles also canned 8-of-14 from three-point range.