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Men's Basketball Overcomes Dismal Shooting Night on Graves' Late Three-pointer

Tribe shoots just 32% in win


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba senior Brian Graves (Newport News, VA) connected on a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining as the host Indians overcame a dismal shooting night to defeat Tusculum 53-50 in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians even their record at 7-7 overall and improve to 2-1 in the SAC. The Pioneers fall to 7-7 and 0-4.

Catawba shot just 32% for the game and a mere 23.3% (7-of-30) in the final half, but Graves made two key baskets down the stretch for the Tribe. Gabe Story (Greeneville, TN) had given Tusculum a 49-47 lead with 3:47 left when Graves made the first of his two three-pointers on the night to put Catawba up 50-49.

Tusculum tied the game on a free throw by Jordan Lear (Zanesville, OH) with 54 seconds remaining. Graves missed one attempt as the shot clock was winding down before hitting his winning triple with 12 seconds left. Lear had one final chance for the Pioneers, but his three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

The Pioneers didn’t fare much better than Catawba as Tusculum made just 33% for the game and 26% in the final half. The Pioneers did enjoy a 47-42 edge on the boards, but had 15 turnovers to just five for Catawba. The Indians were nearly as bad at the line where they made just 9-of-20 (45%), but hit their final six to overcome a 45-41 deficit and give Catawba a 47-45 lead with 5:05 left.

Graves and Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, VA) each had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead Catawba. Ahmad Murphy (Orangeburg, SC) came up big with six steals. Chris Poore (Greeneville, TN) had 16 points for Tusculum, while Lear finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

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