February 24, 2007
Men's Basketball Wins SAC Title With 63-57 Victory Over Presbtyerian
Houston's key basket, late free thows lift men to league championship
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba claimed the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship with a 63-57 win over visiting Presbyterian in a showdown of league co-leaders on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. It marked the second league title for Catawba in three years, who improve to 18-9 overall and 13-3 in the SAC, winning for the ninth straight time. The Blue Hose, who had won nine straight, falls to 19-8 and 12-4.
Presbyterian battled back from an 11-point second half deficit to take the lead at 51-50 on a layup by Grant Herron (Oviedo, FL) with 2:46 left. Catawba freshman Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC) answered with a jumper to give the lead back to the Indians then added two free throws with 1:44 remaining for a 54-51 lead.
Sean Dixon (Marietta, GA) tied the game one final time on a three-pointer with 57 seconds to go, but Brian Graves (Newport News, VA) followed with a deep three-pointer to put the Tribe up for good at 57-54 with 45 seconds remaining. Pat Kiscaden (Oviedo, FL) cut the Catawba lead to 59-57 with 14 seconds to go, but Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, VA) canned two free throws with 10 seconds remaining. Graves added two more free throws after a PC turnover for the final margin.
The Blue Hose led only briefly in the opening half at 14-13 following a Dixon three-pointer. Catawba would take a 27-23 lead at the half and steadily built its advantage to 43-32 with 12:43 to go. Presbyterian used a 9-0 run to take its only lead of the second half on the basket by Herron.
Houston led Catawba with 18 points, while Graves added 17. Wooldridge posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Herron led all scorers with 25 points, while Drew Biggs (Alpharetta, GA) came off the bench to add 11. Catawba enjoyed a 34-28 edge on the boards, helping offset a 40% shooting night. PC shot 45%, but made only four three-pointers after entering the game making a league-leading eight per contest.
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)
Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4)
Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17
Volleyball @ Coker 1-3
Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1
Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1
Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8
Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2
Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1)
Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7
Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd
Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20
Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3
Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3
Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3
Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)
Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17
Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17
Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1
Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4
Football vs. WINGATE 24-27
Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3
Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2
Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2
Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13
Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16
Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8
Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5
Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1
Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0
Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2 p.m.
Swimming vs. UNC WILMINGTON 2 p.m.
Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 6 p.m.
Swimming @ Wingate
Cross Country @ SAC Championships
Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.
Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.
Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.
Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.
Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.
Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.
Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.
Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)
Mouse over the red calendar dates to display events on those days. Click to open the full-size calendar.