Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Rallies From 18-Point Deficit to Top J.C. Smith

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to claim an 86-81 win over Johnson C. Smith in men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in the Walt Baker Classic at Goodman Gym.  The host Catawba Indians evened their record at 2-2, while the Golden Bulls fall to 3-3.

Catawba dug itself out of a big first half hole.  The Golden Bulls hit on 14 of its first 18 shots, while Catawba made just 5-of-20 as J.C. Smith built a 42-24 edge with four and half minutes left in the opening half.  The Indians were able to cut the margin to 45-32 at the half.

The Indians made their surge to start the second half.  Two three-pointers and a layup by Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/) brought Catawba within 48-46 with 16:22 left and Cliff Burns (Cooleemee, NC) gave the Indians their first lead on a jumper with 15:46 to go at 49-48. 

A three-pointer by Isaac Rose (Jonesville, NC) and two by Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC) helped push the Tribe edge to 78-65 with just under seven minutes left.  JCSU would score nine straight points, getting two baskets by David Sanders (Buffalo, NY) and a three-pointer by Ryan Scott (Reston, VA) to knot the game at 79-79 with 2:25 left. 

Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC) would give Catawba the lead with a free throw with 1:45 to go and Houston added a layup after a steal by Reid for an 82-79 lead with 30 seconds left.  Maurice Hooper (Reidsville, NC) pulled the Golden Bulls within 82-81 with 17 seconds remaining, but Houston hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to put Catawba on top 84-81.

J.C. Smith had one final chance to tie, but a turnover led to two free throws by Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC) with two seconds remaining with iced the issue.  The Indians overcame its poor shooting at the start to finish at 43.5% for the game, including a sparkling 58% in the second half.  Houston led all scorers with 26 points and added seven rebounds.  Norman Monroe (Newport News, VA) added 11 points and Fields had 10.

The Golden Bulls made 51.7% for the game, cooling off to 44% in the final half.  Tavaras Little (Elgin, SC) came off the bench to lead JCSU with 19 points, while Scott had 16.  Jerry Hollis (Charlotte, NC) posted a double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds.  The Golden Bulls held a 44-35 edge on the boards, but had 21 turnovers to just nine for Catawba.

Box Score

Today's Events

Golf (W) @ TC/Kiawah Invitational (Cougar Point GC),
Softball vs. Lincoln Memorial, 10:00Stats
Tennis (W) vs. JOHNSON C. SMITH, noon
Tennis (M) vs. JOHNSON C. SMITH, noon
Softball @ Armstrong, 12:30VideoStats
Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman, 2:00Audio
Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman, 4:00Audio

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February 3

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 75-62

Basketball (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 105-98

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February 5

Lacrosse (M) @ Guilford (Exhib.) 6 p.m.

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February 6

Golf (W) @ TC/Kiawah Invitational (Cougar Point GC) 

Softball vs. Lincoln Memorial 10 a.m.

Tennis (W) vs. JOHNSON C. SMITH noon

Tennis (M) vs. JOHNSON C. SMITH noon

Softball @ Armstrong 12:30 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 4 p.m.

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February 7

Golf (W) @ TC/Kiawah Invitational (Cougar Point GC) 

Softball @ Armstrong 11 a.m.

8
February 8

Softball vs. GLENVILLE ST. 1 p.m.

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February 10

Swimming @ Bluegrass Championships

Softball vs. PFEIFFER 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. PFEIFFER 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

11
February 11

Swimming @ Bluegrass Championships

Tennis (W) vs. PFEIFFER 2 p.m.

12
February 12

Swimming @ Bluegrass Championships

13
February 13

Swimming @ Bluegrass Championships

Baseball @ Florida Tech noon

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. Valdosta State 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 4 p.m.

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February 14

Baseball @ Florida Tech noon

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February 16

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. BARTON 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. BARTON 2 p.m.

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February 17

Baseball @ Winston-Salem St. 5 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 8 p.m.

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February 19

Softball vs. Belmont Abbey 4 p.m.

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February 20

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 9 a.m.

Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. BREVARD 2 p.m.

Softball vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. BREVARD 4 p.m.

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February 21

Tennis (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Columbus State 3 p.m.

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February 22

Golf (W) @ Converse Invitational

Golf (M) @ Newberry Inv. (Ocean Course)

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February 23

Golf (W) @ Converse Invitational

Golf (M) @ Newberry Inv. (Ocean Course)

Tennis (W) @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Wingate 2 p.m.

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February 24

Softball @ Limestone 1:30 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 4 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 8 p.m.

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February 26

Softball @ Mid-South Classic

Tennis (M) vs. LEES-MCRAE 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. LEES-MCRAE 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 6 p.m.

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February 27

Softball @ Mid-South Classic

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 1 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 3 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 4 p.m.

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February 28

Softball @ Mid-South Classic

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February 29

Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV. (Salisbury CC)

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