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Houston Nets Career-Best 34 Points to Lead Men's Basketball Over Mars Hill

MARS HILL, NC -- Catawba claimed an 82-77 win over host Mars Hill behind a career-high 34 points from Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the SAC, while the Lions fall to 5-9 and 1-3.

Houston scored 18 points in the opening half, but Catawba trailed 39-38 at the break.  The sophomore would score the opening two basketball of the second half to put the Tribe on top.  Mars Hill would grab a 44-42 lead at the 17:40 mark which would be its last as Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) tied the contest and Houston gave the Tribe the lead on a three-pointer.  After Akeene Coakley tied the game, Houston converted two free throws for a 29-27 lead with 14:32 remaining to put the Tribe up for good.

The Indians would build a 13-point lead at 66-53 with 9:36 to play for its largest lead.  Mars Hill rallied to within six with just over three minutes to play, but Catawba hit six straight free throws to keep an 81-73 lead with 35 seconds remaining.  Houston made 11-of-16 from the field, including six-of-nine from long range.

Catawba hit on half of its shots in the second half and finished at 45.2% to just 38.9% for the Lions.  Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC/Freedom HS) was the only other Catawba player in double figures with 13, which was also a career-high.  Jamarl Glen led the Lions with 22 points, while Stoney Polite added 15 points and five assists.

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