February 24, 2002
Men's Basketball misses on upset at Carson-Newman
JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba College gave a valiant effort, but eventually fell to 23rd-ranked Carson-Newman 71-67 in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday night at Holt Fieldhouse. The Eagles claimed the SAC championship, improving to 22-4 overall and 13-1 in the SAC. Catawba fell to 19-7 and 9-5 and will host Presbyterian in the opening round of the SAC Tournament on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Indians led virtually the entire half, trailing only 1-0 in the early going. Catawba led by eight on several occasions and took a 35-29 lead to the break. Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) had 13 points and eight rebounds at the half, while Todd Lucas paced the Eagles in the opening frame with 14 points.
Catawba built its lead to 11 at 41-30 in the opening three minutes of the last half, but Carson-Newman would chip away and eventually tied the game at 49-49 on a basket by Lucas with 9:53 remaining. The lead changes several times over the next six minutes with Catawba last leading at 59-58 after a layin by Quentin Bryant (Badin, NC) with 3:37 left.
Kyle Gribble made a key three-pointer with 1:03 left to give Carson-Newman a 65-60 lead and the closest Catawba would get was at 65-62 after a pair of free throws by Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC). Carter led Catawba, posting a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) added 15 points and Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) had 13. Petty, playing with the flu, did not hit a field goal and finished with just five points.
Lucas led all scorers with 25 points, hitting on 12-of-20 shots. Gribble added 11 points. Both teams hit on 25-of-58 shots, while the Eagles made 18 free throws to 13 for the Tribe. Catawba made 21 turnovers to just 12 for the Eagles.