Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball falls to Mars Hill on late free throw

SALISBURY, NC Marcus Watts (Birmingham, AL) hit one of two free throws with 11 seconds left to help Mars Hill upset Catawba 59-58 in South Atlantic Conference mens basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The win improves Mars Hill to 4-16 overall and 2-8 in the SAC, while the Indians fall to 17-5 and 7-3. Catawba led 10-3 in the early going, but after a 7-0 run by Mars Hill to tie the game at 10-10, the contest remained close until the Indians would again move out to a lead of 27-19 with 4:23 left in the half. Mars Hill again quickly rallied to close within 29-27 at the half. After trailing briefly in the early stages of the second half, Catawba used a 9-0 run to go ahead 42-35 with 11:29 left. The Indians went on to lead by 12 at 49-37 with 9:26 remaining before Mars Hill began to rally. The Indians still led by eight at 55-47 with just over four minutes to play, but the Indians went cold from the floor and the Lions cut the lead to 55-53 on a layin by Quincy Hinton (Birmingham, AL) with 2:21 left. Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) increased the lead back to four on a pair of free throws, but Chris Starkes (Erlensee, GERMANY) answered at the 1:31 mark to get back to within two. Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) hit on one free throw for Catawba, then Hinton hit one of two to make the score 58-56 with 45 seconds remaining. Dominque Williams (Savanah, GA) stole the ball for Mars Hill with 33 seconds left and tied the score with 15 seconds to play. Petty was called for a charge, then Watts was fouled with 11 seconds to play. He hit the first free throw and Petty misfired in the closing seconds for Catawba. Hinton scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Mars Hill, while Jerome Ramsey (Connelly Springs, NC) added 11 points and Starkes had 10 rebounds. Williams had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) had 15 to lead Catawba, while Luyk had 11 points and nine rebounds. Catawba shot just 39% from the field and 42% from the line. Mars Hill held a 44-33 edge on the boards. #####

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