Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Gets Past LMU With Strong Effort on the Boards


HICKORY, NC – Top-seeded Catawba overcame a poor shooting night with a big effort on the boards to post a 70-60 win over fourth-seeded Lincoln Memorial in the semifinals of the 2010 Food Lions South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the CVCC Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 20-9 overall and advance to its fourth straight tournament championship game.  Catawba has won the tournament the last two years.  The Railsplitters fall to 20-9 and will await a possible at-large berth to the NCAA II Tournament.

Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) poured in 18 points and dished out a game-high five assists to lead Catawba, but it was the work on the boards that got the Tribe to the final.  The Indians won the battle on the glass by a 52-41 margin, including a 20-10 edge on the offensive boards.  Donzell Williams (Salem, VA/Glenvar HS) pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end.

Both teams struggled from the floor, combining for a 36.1 percent field goal percentage.  Lincoln Memorial connected on 37.7% of its attempts from the floor, while Catawba shot 34.7% from the field.  Catawba shot just 32.4% in the second half with LMU canning only 31.3%.
 
Lincoln Memorial’s D’Mario Curry led all scorers with 22 points, knocking down 7-of-11 attempts from the floor and pulling down nine rebounds to pace the Railsplitters. Desmond Johnson added 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to record a double-double.
 
Lincoln Memorial started off strong, scoring 12 of the game’s first 14 points to jump out to a 12-2 lead with 16:58 to go in the first half on a fast break three-pointer by Wally Jones.  Catawba responded with a 7-2 run over the next two and a half minutes to cut the lead to 14-9 on a three-pointer by Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC/Cannon School), and continued to battle back over the next seven minutes, launching a 17-8 spurt to take a 26-22 advantage with seven minutes left in the half.
 
The Railsplitters scored seven straight points to reclaim the lead at 29-26 on a three-pointer by Brandon Armstrong with 5:09 to play in the period. Catawba then answered with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to take its largest lead of the half at 39-33, before Curry converted a pair of free throws for LMU to trim the margin to 39-35 heading into the intermission.
 
Catawba never trailed in the second half, opening its largest lead of the game at the 10:27 mark when Houston knocked down a three-pointer on the heels of a 13-4 run.  The Railsplitters responded with a 15-6 run to cut the margin to 59-56 with 4:39 to play. Lincoln Memorial continued to apply pressure over the next two minutes, cutting the lead to 61-60 on a layup by Johnson.  That would be last points LMU would score as Catawba answered with a 9-0 spurt over the final 2:25 to secure a spot in Sunday’s championship game.

 Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS) and Donald Rutherford (Morganton, NC/Freedom HS) each tallied 13 points for Catawba off the bench.  Reid tossed in 10 points.  The Indians outscored LMU 21-4 on second-chance points.

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12
April 2

Baseball @ Brevard 7-5

Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 10-16

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 3-1

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 13-0

Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 9-10

Baseball @ Brevard 8-6

3
April 3

Baseball @ Brevard 9-8

4
April 4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 5-17

5
April 5

Golf (W) @ Agnes McAmis Memorial (Link Hills CC) 

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble (Tennessee National) 11th of 11

Softball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-1

Softball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-2

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 19-7

6
April 6

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 22-24

7
April 7

Tennis (M) vs. QUEENS 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. QUEENS 0-9

8
April 8

Lacrosse (W) vs. BREVARD 10-11

Baseball @ Tampa 5-14

9
April 9

Football Spring Game

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 7-2

Softball vs. MARS HILL 1-0

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 7-2

Baseball @ Tampa 7-11

Lacrosse (M) @ Shorter 10-8

Softball vs. MARS HILL 7-2

Baseball @ Tampa 10-15

Athletics Athetics Dinner & Silent Auction 6 p.m.

10
April 10

Lacrosse (W) vs. SAINT LEO 14-15

11
April 11

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey 8-1

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 6-3

12
April 12

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Monroe CC) 

Baseball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 18-5

13
April 13

Softball vs. QUEENS 9-1

Softball vs. QUEENS 3-2

Lacrosse (M) @ Pfeiffer 8-14

Lacrosse (W) vs. PFEIFFER 12-11

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April 15

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 2-1

16
April 16

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 7-5

Softball @ Anderson 4-3

Softball @ Anderson 3-0

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 3-4

Lacrosse (W) @ Newberry 12-7

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April 19

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships (Etowah Valley GC) 12th

Baseball vs. BARTON 9-6

Lacrosse (M) vs. BREVARD 15-7

20
April 20

Softball vs. WINGATE 2-4

Softball vs. WINGATE 1-4

Baseball vs. USC AIKEN 5-4

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April 23

Softball @ Tusculum 1-0

Baseball @ Wingate 10-3

Softball @ Tusculum 0-3

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-15

Baseball @ Wingate 5-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7-12

24
April 24

Baseball @ Wingate 7-11

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April 26

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tournament) 5-13

Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate (SAC Tournament) 13-12

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April 28

Softball vs. Newberry (SAC Tournament) 4-1

29
April 29

Softball vs. Queens (SAC Tournament) 10 a.m.

Baseball vs. Wingate (SAC Tournament) noon

Lacrosse (W) vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 6:30 p.m.

30
April 30

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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