November 14, 2012
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.
Volleyball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 1-3
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)
Volleyball @ Queens 3-1
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 2) W-3rd;M-3rd
Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional W-12th;M-16th
Football vs. NEWBERRY 17-13
Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3
Volleyball vs. COKER 3-0
Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 70-72
Basketball (W) vs. Mount Olive 94-81
Volleyball @ Newberry 3-0
Football vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 24-20
Basketball (W) vs. Barton 49-58
Basketball (M) @ UNC Pembroke 67-91
Basketball (W) @ Fayetteville St. 46-69
Basketball (M) @ Albany State 7 p.m.
Basketball (M) vs. Montevallo noon
Basketball (W) @ Bowie St. 6 p.m.
Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 7 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 4 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.
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