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Little's Career-High 27 Points Helps Men's Basketball Snap Six-Game Slide

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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got a career-high 27 points from Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) and survived a final shot by Brevard to grab a 71-69 victory over visiting Brevard on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians snap a six-game losing streak and improve to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the SAC.  The Tornados fall to 2-9 and 1-2.

Catawba trailed 62-60 with five minutes to play, but got baskets by Lee Martin (Mt. Airy, NC/N. Surry HS/Hargrave) and Little to go ahead 64-62 with 4:15 remaining.  Chris Watson (Reidsville, NC/Reidsville HS/Rockingham CC) added a pair of free throws at the 3:45 mark to up the margin to 66-62.

Manzey Miller (Rock Hill, SC) brought the Tornados within one on a three-pointer with 2:05 left and Martin answered with two free throws for a 68-65 Catawba lead at the 1:41 mark.  Miller’s layup cut the margin back to one with 1:30 remaining. 

Brevard could not cash in on missed free throws by Catawba on its next two possessions and Reggie Perkins (Greensboro, NC/Phillips Exeter HS) gave the Indians a 70-67 lead with a pair from the stripe with 19 seconds to go.  Miller again cut the deficit to a single point with eights second remaining.  Nick Houston (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) made one of two at the line for Catawba with five seconds left and Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, MD) missed on a three-pointer at the buzzer for the Tornados.

Little had 18 of his career-high total in the opening half.  He made 11-of-20 shots in the contest, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots.  Martin posted a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.  Elon Edwards (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) scored 10 points and handed out five assists.

Matthew Ward (Charlotte, NC) scored 17 points to pace Brevard.  Dominique Pickett (Thomasville, NC) added 14 points and Miller finished with 13.  Miller and Pickett each had six rebounds and three steals.

Catawba hit on 51% in the opening half and scored the final seven points of the stanza to pull out to a 44-34 edge.  Brevard stormed back early in the second half and went on top 50-48 with 13:49 left on a layup by Pickett.  The biggest lead from their was Catawba’s four-point advantage inside the final four minutes.

Catawba shot just 29% in the second half, but held on with a 46-31 edge on the glass, including a 15-6 margin on the offensive end.  Brevard hit on 43% for the game and had just six turnovers to 14 for the Indians.

Catawba will host Tusculum in its next game on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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