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Men's Basketball Holds On For Wild 80-78 Win Over Mars Hill

SALISBURY, NC -- Freshman Dominick Reid (Concord, NC/Cannon School) hit a jumper with 14 seconds left and Donzell Williams (Salem, VA/Glenvar HS) blocked a last-second attempt by Mars Hill to lift Catawba to an 80-78 win over the visiting Lions in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The win improves the Catawba Indians to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the SAC.  Mars Hill falls to 10-13 and 4-7.

The wild finish capped a back-and-forth second half that saw Mars Hill rally from 11 points down.  Catawba held a 60-49 lead with 12:10 to go, but the Lions stormed back using a 16-3 run to grab a 65-63 lead on a three-pointer by Stoney Polite (Morganton, NC) with 7:33 remaining.  The game would see five ties and five lead changes from there. 

A three-pointer by Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) put the Indians up 74-70 with 4:12 left then a three-pointer by Polite and a layin by Jordan Skinner (Yellow Springs, OH) helped tied the score at 75-all at the 2:27 mark.  After a layup by Catawba’s Isaac Rose (Jonesville, NC/W. Forsyth HS), Jermarl Glen (District Heights, MD) converted a three-point play on a follow shot that put Mars Hill up 78-77 with 23 seconds left.

That set the stage for Reid’s jumper that gave Catawba a 79-78 lead.  Mars Hill would miss a shot on its next possession and Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) made the second of two free throws with five seconds to play for the 80-78 edge.  Glen would drive the length of the court, but his layup was blocked by Williams and time expired.

Rose led Catawba scoring 21 points, hitting on 8-of-11 shots, and grabbing six rebounds.  Reid followed with 12, while Houston and Norman Monroe (Newport News, VA/Heritage HS) each tossed in 11 points.  Monroe had seven boards and a pair of steals.  Glen (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Skinner (18 points, 13 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Lions.  P.J. Gore (N. Myrtle Beach, SC) added 14 points before fouling out with 4:40 to play. 

The first half saw a dozen lead changes with the largest lead coming at 31-26 by Catawba at the 6:03 mark.  The Lions led 42-30 at the break, shooting 51% for the half.  Mars Hill cooled off in the final half, hitting just 30%.  Catawba shot 48% in each half.  Mars Hill stayed close with its work on the boards, grabbing 16 of its 24 offensive rebounds in the final half.

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