March 4, 2009
Houston Leads Men's Basketball Into SAC Semifinals
Junior posts double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba junior Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) scored 29 points to lead the fourth-seeded Indians past visiting Lincoln Memorial 90-78 in quarterfinal action of the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians improve to 19-9 and advance to the semifinals on Saturday night at Catawba Valley Community College. The Railsplitters, seeded-fifth, end their season at 14-14.
Houston would finish with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds. He was 11-of-20 from the floor and connected on four three-pointers. Cliff Burns (Cooleemee, NC/Davie Co. HS) and Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) each added 15 for the Indians.
Catawba pulled away in the final 10 minutes using a 9-0 run to take a 75-64 lead with 5:34 remaining. The Railsplitters never reduced the margin to single digits from there.
Lincoln Memorial battled back from an early 20-9 deficit and took a 28-26 lead on a Wadner Joseph (Miami, FL) layup. Catawba would spurt ahead by six and led 42-38 at the break. Houston had 13 points at the break, while LMU’s Desmond Johnson (Lynch, KY) had 11.
Down seven, the Railsplitters used a 15-7 run to go on top 54-53 on a Stuart Miller (Harrogate, TN) three-pointer with 15:14 left. Houston answered with a three-pointer and Catawba never trailed again. The Indians led 62-55 before a run by LMU brought the Railsplitters within 66-64 at the 9:33 mark. Catawba then used the 9-0 run to grab a comfortable margin.
Johnson led LMU with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Miller added a dozen points with Joseph and Brandon Armstrong (Decatur, GA) each tallying 11 points. Lincoln Memorial shot just 29% in the second half and only 39% for the game.
Catawba shot 45% in each half and held a 50-42 edge on the boards. LMU had a +12 edge in rebounding in the regular season meetings, which the teams split. Reid also added seven rebounds and six assists. Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) scored a dozen points with Isaac Rose (Jonesville, NC/W. Forsyth HS) picking up 10 points and nine rebounds. Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC/Freedom HS) added 10 rebounds and nine points.
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Volleyball @ Florida Southern 1-3
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Volleyball vs. Wilmington,DE 3-0
Soccer (M) @ Erskine 0-1
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Volleyball vs. Barton 0-3
Volleyball @ Augusta 0-3
Soccer (W) vs. BARTON 1-0
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1)
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 1)
Volleyball vs. West Alabama 0-3
Football @ Winston-Salem State 34-7
Soccer (M) @ USC Aiken 3-0
Tennis (M) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2)
Tennis (W) @ Wingate Inv. (Day 2)
Soccer (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION 3-1
Golf (M) @ Coker Inv. - Day 1 (Camden CC)
Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen CC)
Golf (W) @ Anderson Inv. - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen CC) 2nd of 9
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Volleyball vs. WINGATE 2-3
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Cross Country @ Winthrop Invitational, ccd. 9 a.m.
Swimming @ SAA Open Water, ccd. 4 p.m.
Football vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 7 p.m.
Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. ccd.
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Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 7 p.m.
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Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)
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Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 7 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3)
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Soccer (W) @ Tusculum 5 p.m.
Soccer (M) @ Tusculum 7 p.m.
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