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Monroe's 35 Points, 16 Rebounds Leads Men's Basketball to Win in Double-OT

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NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba got a career-high effort from Norman Monroe (Newport News, VA/Heritage HS), who scored 35 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, in a 107-103 double-overtime victory over host Newberry in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena.  The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Catawba Indians, who improved to 12-10 overall and 4-6 in the SAC.  Newberry fell to 10-12 and 4-7.

Catawba trailed by five midway through the second overtime, but consecutive baskets by Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) and Monroe pulled the Tribe within 101-100 with 1:55 left.  After a pair of free throws by Isaac Rose (Jonesville, NC/W. Forsyth HS), Houston followed a Newberry turnover with a hoop that gave Catawba a 104-103 edge with 1:01 remaining.

Newberry would misfire on a three-pointer and Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) converted the first of two free throws for a 105-103 Catawba lead.  Newberry turned the ball over in the final seconds and Houston iced the game with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining.

Monroe canned 14-of-17 shots from the field en route to his career-high performance in both points and rebounds.  He had 17 of Catawba’s 35 first-half points.  The rest of the Tribe’s top scorers did their damage after the break.  Houston finished with 25 points, while Rose and Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) each added 17.  The trio had a combined 14 points at the half.

Catawba led by seven with 33 seconds remaining in regulation following a pair of free throws by Houston, but Newberry rallied behind a trio of three-pointers by Cory Etheridge.  Houston would miss two free throws with 23 seconds to go and Etheridge hit one three-pointer to trim the deficit to 83-81. 

Fields would make all four of his free throw attempts in the final with 15 and six seconds on the clock, but Etheridge followed each one with three-pointers and tied the game at the buzzer of regulation.  Monroe gave Catawba a 94-92 lead inside the final minute of the first overtime, but Stephane Bakinde answered with 21 seconds left.  Catawba failed to get off a shot at the end of the first extra period.

Catawba trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but used an 11-0 run over the final minute of the first half and the opening two minutes of the second half to go on top 42-41.  The Tribe would go up by seven before Newberry rallied to go back up 61-59 with just over 10 minutes to play.  Catawba regrouped and charged ahead by nine at 78-69 with 2:25 left before Newberry stormed back.

Catawba shot 58% for the game and canned 14-of-18 (78%) shots during the second 20 minute session.  Newberry hit on 47.5% for the contest, but were outrebounded 47-36 by Catawba.  Clemente Martin had 27 points for Newberry, while Etheridge added 24, making 6-of-10 from behind the arc.

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