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Men's Basketball Punches Ticket Back To NCAA's

HICKORY, NC -- In a game that saw six lead changes in the final four minutes, Catawba held off Tusculum to claim the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship with a 63-61 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Multipurpose Facility at Catawba Valley Community College. With the win, the Catawba Indians (21-9) claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA II Southeast Regional Tournament. Tusculum (20-10) will await word on an at-large bid.

The fourth-seeded Indians scored its second straight tournament title, both by two points, and their seventh overall. Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) sank two free throws with nine seconds to play to put Catawba on top 62-61. After a missed shot by the Pioneers, who were seeded third, Cliff Burns (Cooleemee, NC/Davie Co. HS) grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.2 seconds left. He added a free throw for the final margin.

Tusculum overcame an eight-point deficit in the final eight minutes and twice took one-point leads in the final minute. Kyle Moore gave the Pioneers a 58-57 edge on a three-pointer with 49 seconds left. Catawba went back on top when tournament MVP Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) grabbed an offense rebound and converted a three-point play with 33 seconds to go, giving Catawba a 60-58 edge.

Wes Taylor again gave the Pioneers a lead on a three-point play with 16 seconds remaining. That set up Reid, who sank the winning free throws.

Catawba led by six out of the gates at 10-4, but Tusculum would lead much of the half, taking a 24-17 edge with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza. The Pioneers led 26-23 at the half. Catawba surged ahead early in the second half, using an 8-0 run to go ahead 33-30 with 16:20 left.

The Indians held the lead until a layup by Moore with 3:31 to go set up the back-and-forth finish. Houston led Catawba with 16 points with Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) coming off the bench to add 14. Burns posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Moore led all scorers with 18 points for the Pioneers. Josh Bennett added 11 points. Neither team shot well. Catawba made just 36.5% with Tusculum hitting on 37%. Catawba held a 40-31 edge on the boards. Tusculum made five turnovers, half as many miscues as the Indians.

Reid joined Houston on the all-tournament team for Catawba. Moore and Bennett represented Tusculum on the team. Newberry’s Clemente Martin rounded out the squad.

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April 1

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. WINGATE 8-14

Baseball AUGUSTA 7-6

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1-2

Baseball AUGUSTA 11-2

Lacrosse (M) vs. WINGATE 1-13

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April 2

Baseball AUGUSTA 6-9

3
April 3

Baseball @ Kannapolis Intimidators, ccd. 6:30 p.m.

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April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble (Tennessee National) 12th of 12

Golf (W) @ Agnis McAmis Inv. (Link Hills CC) 9th of 14

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-7

Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-11

Baseball vs. BARTON 20-2

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April 5

Baseball vs. USC AIKEN, ppd. 2 p.m.

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April 6

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-3

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 5-4

Lacrosse (W) @ Erskine 15-9

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April 8

Football Spring Blue-White Game

Softball @ Mars Hill 0-8

Softball @ Mars Hill 2-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 1-3

Lacrosse (M) @ Brevard 12-10

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April 9

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day One) - Link Hills CC 9th

Lacrosse (W) @ Brevard 19-6

Baseball @ Mars Hill 7-6

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-8

10
April 10

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Two) - Link Hills CC 9th

Tennis (W) @ Winston Salem State 9-0

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April 11

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Three) - Link Hills CC 9th of 11

Tennis (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5

Baseball @ Mount Olive 2-6

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April 12

Softball @ Queens 0-7

Softball @ Queens 7-9

Lacrosse (W) @ North Greenville 15-10

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April 14

Lacrosse (M) vs. SHORTER 18-1

Softball vs. ANDERSON 0-8

Softball vs. ANDERSON 9-7

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-6

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April 15

Baseball @ Tusculum 7-3

Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 18-5

Baseball @ Tusculum 5-3

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April 18

Softball @ Wingate 0-2

Softball @ Wingate 4-5

Baseball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 13-7

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April 19

Baseball @ North Greenville (Fluor Field) 8-4

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April 21

Baseball vs. BREVARD 14-0

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April 22

Baseball vs. BREVARD 16-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 13-14

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 3-16

Baseball vs. BREVARD 13-3

Softball vs. TUSCULUM 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 12-11

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April 23

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 1) CC of SALISBURY

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April 24

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 2) CC of SALISBURY

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April 25

Golf (M) in SAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Day 3) - CC of SALISBURY 11th of 12

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6-13

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ccd. 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 10-14

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April 28

Baseball vs. Carson-Newman (SAC Tournament) 11-2

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April 29

Baseball vs. Mars Hill (SAC Tournament) 11-1

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April 30

Baseball vs. LMU/Newberry (SAC Tournament) noon

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