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Moore Nets Career-High 41, Breaks 45-year-old Record as Men's Basketball Upsets #25 Queens

Moore canned 25-of-26 free throws in the win


SALISBURY, NC -- Host Catawba got a career-high 41 points from Keon Moore (Colerain, NC/Bertie HS) in an 80-77 win over 25th-ranked Queens in men’s basketball action on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym.  Moore did most of his damage at the line, setting a school record by canning 25 free throws.  The Catawba Indians improve to 3-2, while the Royals fall to 3-2.

Queens made a furious rally in the final two minutes to cut a nine-point to deficit to just one with 26 seconds remaining.  Catawba never gave up the lead, making six free throws in the final 22 seconds to secure the win.  Moore hit a pair with 22 seconds left, then Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) added a pair with 15 seconds to go.  Justin Huntley (Mooresville, NC/Mooresville HS) sank the final two with four seconds remaining and Queens could not get off a potential tying three-pointer before the buzzer.

Moore hit on 7-of-12 shots, with a pair of three-pointers, and was a sparkling 25-of-26 at the line.  The 25 made free throws broke the record of 24 set in 1966 by Dwight Durante against Western Carolina.  Little, a freshman, chipped in with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, while blocking five shots. 

Queens put four players in double figures.  Daniel Bailey (Irmo, SC) and Brandon Nichols (Fayetteville, NC) each had 17 points, while Brent Evans (Beaufort, SC) and Sean Eads (Greenville, SC) each tallied a dozen.  Queens hit on 45% (31-of-68) from the field, while the Indians were 19-of-47 (40%).  Catawba had a big night at the line, canning 36-of-48 (75%), while the Royals were 9-of-16 (56%).

Catawba trailed early at 10-5 after a dunk by Bailey, but the Indians took the lead for good on a three-point play by Maurice Knight (Portsmouth, VA/W. Branch HS/Kansas City CC) at 12-11 with 12:17 left in the half.  Queens tied the score at 16-all on a jumper by Nichols then Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, NC/Trinity Christian) answered with a three-pointer.  Queens hit on its first four shot attempts, but made only one of its next 11 as the Indians began to pull away.

A 14-2 run by Catawba upped the margin to 15 at 37-22 with just over two minutes to go in the half.  Queens scored the final seven points of the half to pull within 39-31 at the break.  The Royals got within a point at 44-43 on a three-point play Bailey early in the second half, but Catawba spurted back out to a 62-49 edge as Moore scored all but two Tribe points in a 16-6 run.

The Royals trailed 74-65 with a minute and half left when Evans scored on a dunk with 1:23 remaining.  Joshua Twitty (Rutherfordton, NC) followed with a three-pointer after two missed free throws by Catawba to cut the lead to 74-70 with 1:12 to go.  After a missed Catawba shot, Nate Blackburn (Burlington, NC) hit a three-pointer and it was 74-73 with 26 seconds left.  The Indians then clinched the game at the line.

VideoVIDEO: Little Discusses Big Win over Queens

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