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Men's Basketball falls to St. Paul's in Walt Baker Classic opener

SALISBURY, NC Ė Concord College and St. Paulís earned close wins in the first night of the Walt Baker Classic hosted by Catawba College on Friday night at Goodman Gym. Concord (1-3) took a 73-69 decision over Elizabeth City State (1-4), while St. Paulís (1-7) knocked off the host Indians (2-3) 74-71. Catawba and St. Paulís battled tightly through most of the game with the largest lead coming at the 16:53 mark by Catawba at 40-33. The Tigers would then go on a 13-2 run to open a 46-42 lead with 13:38 to play after three free throws by Hassan Robinson. Catawba would regain the lead at 51-50 on a jumper by Brian Carter with 10:30 to play and held a 67-64 lead with 3:42 left after a layup by Jolly Manning. After the layup by Manning, the Tribe would score only four more points, all from the line, as St. Paulís went on top. The Tigers grabbed a 68-67 lead on two free throws by Robinson with 2:32 left, then after free throws by Catawbaís Helgi Magnsson, Sergio Washington gave St. Paulís the lead for good on a layin with 1:24 remaining. Catawba missed two three-pointers on its next possession and had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but a three-pointer by Brian Frasier was off the mark. Robinson led all scorers with 28 points for the Tigers, while Shawn Moss had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Carter had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Catawba, while Magnusson added 16 points and eight boards. Catawba outshot St. Paulís 46% to 36%, but were only 10-of-18 at the line, while the Tigers canned 24-of-30 at the charity stripe. Concord rallied from a 58-51 deficit in the final eight minutes to top the Vikings. Josh Levere hit a layup and three-pointer to spark the Mountain Lions, who tied the game at 60-60 on a layup by Brian Atkins with 5:24 left. Concord trailed 65-64 when Levere hit a layup and added three free throws on the next possession for a 69-65 lead with 1:45 left. Elizabeth City trice cut the lead to a bucket and had a shot to tie with 21 seconds left, but a three-pointer by Tyrone Smith was off the mark and Keyode Rogers added a free throw with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Chad Drennen had 22 points for Concord, while Leverne added 17 and Atkins 15, with 14 rebounds. Smith led the Vikings with 16 points and five steals, while Courtney Oglesby had 14 points and six assists. The Mountian Lions held a 47-24 edge on the boards to offset 29 turnovers to 11 for ECSU. #####

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