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Men's Basketball Grabs Win Over St. Paul's

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Catawba connected on five free throws in the final minute and a half and took a 76-71 win over St. Paul’s in men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Brayboy Gym.  The win lifts the Catawba Indians to 3-3 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 0-2.

Catawba held double-digit leads in each half, but the Tigers would rally and took a 67-63 lead with 3:12 left.  St. Paul’s led 71-69 when Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) tied the game on a pair of free throws with 1:24 remaining. 

Catawba was able rebound missed shots on the Tigers’ next two possession which led to a free throw by Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC/Freedom HS) with 45 seconds left and two more by Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) with 15 seconds remaining for a 74-71 lead.  Cliff Burns (Cooleemee, NC/Davie Co. HS) blocked a final chance by St. Paul’s leading to a breakaway layup for Donzell Williams (Salem, VA/Glenvar HS) as time expired for the final margin.

Burns had a pair of free throws and Reid added a layup and a three-pointer in a 14-5 run that gave the Indians a 23-14 lead midway through the opening half.  Norman Monroe (Newport News, VA/Heritage HS) scored seven of nine Catawba points as the Tribe took a 27-17 edge.  St. Paul’s whittled the deficit to 32-29 at the break.

Maurice Reevey got the Tigers within 34-33 early in the second half, but after a free throw by Monroe, Houston and Burns combined for 14 points as Catawba grew its lead to 49-37 with 12:43 to go.  A three-pointer by Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) gave the Indians a 60-58 lead with 8:08 left, but St. Paul’s reeled off 11 straight points to go on top 61-60 with 5:19 remaining after a three-pointer and layup by Adrian Moffatt.

Monroe led a trio of double-figure scorers for Catawba with 17 points.  Houston added 16 and Fields 15.  Five Tigers scored in double figures with Jack Brown leading the way, recording a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Reevey added 14 and Moffatt tossed in a dozen.

St. Paul’s shot 51.7% from the field to just 39.7% for Catawba, but the Indians held a 40-35 edge on the boards, including a 19-10 edge on the offensive glass and outscoring the Tigers 25-10 in second-chance points.  Catawba also used a big edge at the line, connecting on 17-of-24 to just 4-of-9 for the St. Paul’s.

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