February 26, 2002
Men's Basketball has season end with loss to Presbyterian
SALISBURY, NC -- Presbyterian College led wire-to-wire and knocked off third-seeded Catawba 83-74 in the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Menís Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym. The Blue Hose will advance to face Wingate in a Friday nightís semifinal at Catawba Valley Community College. Presbyterian improves to 12-15 on the year, while the Indians end their season at 19-8.Presbyterian jumped out to an 11-3 edge after five minutes and led by as many as 13 in the opening half. The Blue Hose scorched the nets in the opening half, hitting on 14-of-22 shots (63.6%), including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Catawba shot just 13-of-35 (37.3%) in the opening half.
The Indians cut the Blue Hose lead to one on several occasions in the second half, but could never get the game tied. An early second half run led by the five Catawba seniors cut the margin to 48-47 after a jumper by B.J. Robertson (High Point, NC) with 12:54 left. JarMark Parker (Greensboro, NC) twice cut the lead to a point, once a jumper at the 9:06 mark and again by hitting one of two free throws with 6:07 remaining at 60-59.
Each time the Tribe got close Presbyterian would hit a key shot. Andrew Dellinger (Mauertown, VA) and Jeff Whittle (Strausburg, VA) each hit three-pointers with the lead down to a single possession and after Parkerís free throw, Rod Isom (Anderson, SC) converted a three-point play to put the Blue Hose back up 63-59 at the 5:49 mark.
After a pair of Catawba free throws, Isom scored four straight and Preston Davis (Charlotte, NC) added a jumper to push the Presbyterian advantage to 69-61 with 3:58 left. Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) answered with a three-pointer for Catawba, but that was a close as the Indians would get. The Blue Hose scored six straight to push the lead to 11 with just 1:21 remaining.
Chuck Rayford (Greenville, SC) scored 33 points to lead the Blue Hose, who shot 62.5% for the game and canned 9-of-14 three pointers. Whittle followed with 15, while Dellinger added 14. Terrence Hamilton (Dillon, SC) led Catawba with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Petty had 16 and Robertson 10.