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Moore Leads Men's Basketball in Exhibition Loss at Tulsa

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TULSA, OK -- The Catawba men's basketball team fell to the University of Tulsa 93-59 in an exhibition game on Saturday night at the Reynolds Center.  Keon Moore led the Catawba Indians, who open their season next weekend in the Highway 52 Shootout at Livingstone College.  Moore collected 13 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Catawba stayed with the Hurricane for half of the opening half, trailing just 25-21 after 11 minutes.  Tulsa had scored the first eight points, but a three-pointer by Willie Gilmore and back-to-back dunks by Lee Martin and Moore trimmed the lead to 8-7.  Tulsa moved ahead 21-13 after a three-point play by Steven Idlet before the Indians pulled back within four after another dunk by Moore.

That would be as close as Catawba would get as Tulsa went on a 13-3 run over the next five minutes to go on top 38-24.  The Hurricane would lead 51-30 at the break.  Moore had all 13 of his points in the opening frame.  Kodi Maduka, Jordan Clarkson and D.J. Magley each had 10 for Tulsa at the break.

Tulsa pulled out to a 74-40 edge midway through the second and cruised to the win.  Five players reached double figures, led by Maduka with 15.  Clarkson and Magley finished with 14 each, while Scottie Haralson tallied 12 and Idlet 10 points and eight boards.

Catawba shot 33% for the game, falling off from a 44% shooting in the opening half.  Tulsa canned 51% for the game and held a 49-32 edge on the boards.  Each team committed 16 turnovers.

Gilmore followed Moore with nine points for the Indians.  He also handed out three assists and recorded a pair of steals.  Martin and Chris Watson each scored seven points, while Tyrece Little blocked five shots.

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