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Men's Basketball Cruises Past Lees-McRae Behind Little's Double-Double


SALISBURY, NC -- Sophomore Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to help pace host Catawba to an 83-62 win over Lees-McRae in men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The win lifts the Catawba Indians to 2-1, while the Bobcats fall to 0-3.

Little was joined in double figures by freshmen Nick Houston (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) and Julian Sampah (Greensboro, NC/Greensboro Day).  Each tossed in 11 points.  Maurice Knight (Portsmouth, VA/W. Branch HS/Kansas City CC) grabbed 11 rebounds to help Catawba to a 49-34 edge on the glass.

Charles Clarke (Orlando, FL) led Lees-McRae with 11 points.  Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, AL) and Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, AUSTRALIA) each had nine points and five rebounds.  The Bobcats shot just 35% for the game and started the night hitting just two of their first 25 shots.

With Lees-McRae struggling to score, Catawba went up 18-7 on a tip-in by Lee Martin (Mt. Airy, NC/N. Surry HS/Hargrave) at the 8:40 mark and led by double-digits the rest of the way.  A three-pointer by Houston and a three-point play by Little pushed the Indian lead to 35-15 with just under five minutes remaining in the half.

Freshman Reggie Perkins (Greensboro, NC/Phillips Exeter) and Elon Edwards (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) hit consecutive three-pointers to extend the margin to 41-18 before the Bobcats rallied back within 43-28 at the break on three-pointers by Clarke and DJ Brown (Anderson, SC).  Catawba shot a sizzling 61% in the opening stanza.

The Indians never let the Bobcats back in the game as Edwards and Martin beat the shot clock with three-pointers early in the second half to give Catawba a 49-30 edge.  When Little hit consecutive baskets, the Indians held a 70-44 advantage with 8:22 remaining, their largest margin of the contest.

Little canned 7-of-11 shots and was perfect on three shots at the line.  He also blocked three shots.  Martin had eight points and eight rebounds.  The Indians would shoot 49% for the contest and went 9-of-22 (41%) from behind the arc.

The Indians return to Goodman Gym this weekend in the Salisbury Roundball Classic.  Catawba will face Paine on Friday at 8 p.m. and Chowan on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.  Other games will see Chowan against St. Augustine’s on Friday at 6 p.m. and St. Augustine’s vs. Paine on Saturday at 2 p.m.


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