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Moore's 35 Propels Men's Basketball to OT Win Over St. Augustine's

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba fought back for an 85-80 decision in overtime against the Falcons of St. Augustine’s Friday night at Goodman Gym in the first game of the 11th Annual Salisbury Roundball Tournament. The Indians improve to 2-1, while the Falcons drop to 1-1.

Keon Moore (Colerain, NC/Bertie HS) led the Indian attack with a career-high 35 points against the Falcons.  Lee Martin (Mt. Airy, NC/N.Surry HS/Hargrave) followed with 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) contributed nine points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.  Senior Justin Huntley (Mooresville, NC/Mooresville HS) and freshman Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC/Trinity Christian) both dished out four assists.

Tied at 75 after 40 minutes of play, Catawba went 8-for-10 on free throws to ice the game and complete the come-from-behind victory. The Indians only field goal of the extra stanza came when Gilmore found Martin wide open under the basket one minute in. It would be all they needed as shots started falling from the charity stripe after shooting just 53% from there in regulation.

Overtime was made possible by Moore’s last-second three-point shot to even the score at the buzzer which came on a handoff from Gilmore near the top of the key.  St. Augustine’s Joel Kindred, which led the Falcons with 19 points and six rebounds, knocked down a triple of his own just seven seconds before Moore’s heroics.

St. Augustine’s had the Indians on the ropes with a nine point lead with 5:16 left to go in the second half.  After a timeout Martin tallied the next six points to get Catawba rolling. Maurice Knight (Portsmouth, VA/W.Branch HS/Kansas City CC) had a thunderous dunk and Gilmore a three-pointer to knot the score at 72 with just under a minute left.

The Indian’s turnaround was aided by shooting 58% after halftime and sinking nine shots overall from behind the arc.

With the Falcons leading 40-36 at the break, Catawba would inch closer tying the game twice before falling behind with four turnovers and missed shots down the stretch.

The first half did not start off so well for the Indians as poor shooting and turnovers gave the Falcons a 21-11 advantage near the midway mark. Catawba would claw back on a pair of long-range bombs from Moore and one from Cameron Lovelace (Cherryville, NC/Cherryville HS) and led 34-30 with 5:38 to go. Kindred would push the Falcons to the lead at the half with a three-pointer and a dunk.

Chris Johnson had 15 points and six rebounds for St. Augustine’s.

The Indians play their final game of the tournament on Sunday at 3:00 pm against #2 ranked Alabama-Huntsville. St. Augustine’s will meet UAH on Saturday at 4:00 pm. 

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