January 27, 2010
Rutherford Nets Career-High 30 Points as Men's Basketball Cruises Past Carson-Newman
JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba shots a sizzling 62.5% and got a career-high 30 points from senior Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC/Freedom HS) in posting an 85-75 win over host Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Holt Fieldhouse. The Catawba Indians improve to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in the SAC, while the Eagles fall to 8-10 and 3-5.
Rutherford scored 20 of his 30 points in the opening half as Catawba opened up a 48-37 advantage. The Indians hit on 18-of-27 (66.7%) in the opening period with Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) added 15 of 20 points in the first 20 minutes. Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) also reached double figures for the Indians with 15 points and pulled down six boards.
A 15-2 run in the final five minutes of the first half was key in the Tribe’s win. Rutherford’s layup snapped a 30-all tie at the 4:54 mark with Fields hitting a pair of three-pointers in the run as the Indians went up 45-32. Rutherford added a three-point play with 1:08 before the break for the 48-37 lead.
Carson-Newman trimmed a 17-point deficit to nine at 56-47 on a three-pointer by Quinche Dowdell at the 16:06 mark, but Catawba answered on a three-pointer by Houston and two jumpers by Rutherford to lead 63-48. The Indians pushed the lead to 22 with just over six minutes to play.
Dowdell and Tray Okoth each scored 15 points for the Eagles. Darrion Maxtion added a dozen points and Jordan Dixon 10 in the loss. Carson-Newman hit on just under 50% for the game and committed four less turnovers than Catawba, but could not overcome the Indians’ hot hand.
Rutherford hit on 14-of-17 shots on the night. Fields canned 7-of-11 and was 4-of-5 behind the arc. The Indians battled even on the boards with C-N. Starting point guard Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School) missed the game with a leg injury.