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Men's Basketball Comes Up a Basket Short in Loss at Belmont Abbey

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BELMONT, NC -- Belmont Abbey got past visiting Catawba by an 83-81 count in men’s basketball action on Friday night at the Wheeler Center.  Kyle Phillips had 24 points to lead the Crusaders, including a key three-point play inside the final minute.  Belmont Abbey improves to 6-3, while the Catawba Indians fall to 3-6.

After being tied at the half, Catawba trailed for virtually the entire second half until taking an 80-79 lead on a three-pointer by Cameron Lovelace (Cherryville, NC/Cherryville HS/N. Florida) with 1:10 remaining.  The Crusaders came right back and regained the lead on the three-point play by Phillips with 55 seconds remaining.

With 36 seconds left, Catawba’s Justin Huntley (Mooresville, NC/Mooresville HS) made the second of two free throws to cut the margin to a single point then Jay Council made one of two for the Crusaders with 23 seconds remaining.  Belmont Abbey got the rebound on the miss, but Catawba forced a turnover with 14 seconds to play.  Lovelace had a three-point attempt rattle off the rim with just a few seconds left and the Indians threw away the ensuing inbounds pass.

Lovelace led the Indians with a career-best 21 points.  He hit on 7-of-11 shots, including 4-of-7 from long range.  Huntley and Keon Moore (Colerain, NC/Bertie HS) each followed with 17 points.  Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) added eight points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Catawba trailed by 10 early at 15-5 after a basket by Phillips just three and half minutes into the game.  The Indians rallied and pulled even on a layup by Huntley with 6:40 left in the half.  Lovelace gave Catawba its first lead at 33-32 on a three-pointer at the 5:44 mark.

Belmont Abbey held a slim lead for much of the second half then pulled ahead by nine with just under six minutes to play after Tyshawn Good converted three free throws.  Moore hit four free throws in a span of 30 seconds and Lovelace canned a three-pointer to cut the margin to 77-73 with 3:51 remaining.

Down 79-73 with three minutes left, Little hit a pair of free throws which was followed by a dunk by Huntley to cut the deficit to 79-77.  After a missed free throw and turnovers by each team, Lovelace hit his final three-pointer to give the Indians their short lived lead.

Good added 19 points for Belmont Abbey and Phillips pulled down seven rebounds.  Council and Terrone Sheffey each reached double figures for the Crusaders, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively.  Catawba held a 34-26 edge on the boards, but had five more turnovers.  Each team shot well, Belmont Abbey at 56% and Catawba at 54%. 

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