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Frasier scores 26 points in Men's Basketball loss to ECSU

SALISBURY, NC Ė St. Paulís claimed the championship of the Catawba College Walt Baker Classic on Saturday night at Goodman Gym with an 84-77 overtime win over Concord. Elizabeth City State defeated Catawba 79-76 in the consolation game. Concord (1-4) trailed virtually the entire second half and were down 62-57 with 4:20 left before forcing overtime. After the teams were tied on three occasions down the stretch, Concord took a 70-69 lead on a three-pointer by Brian Atkins with 34 seconds remaining. Shawn Moss hit on one of two free throws with 24 seconds left to tie the game at 70-70. Each team missed a shot in the final 10 seconds that could have won the game. St. Paulís never trailed in overtime and led 78-73 with 2:16 to play. Atkins would hit consecutive baskets for the Mountain Lions to bring Concord within 78-77 with 1:25 remaining, but Hassan Robinson hit a basket and a free throw to push the Tiger edge to 81-77 with 16 seconds left. Robinson, the tournament MVP, scored 34 points to pace St. Paulís. Shawn Moss added 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers and joined Robinson on the all-tournament as did Atkins of Concord, who had 23 points and 11 boards in a losing effort. Chad Drennen added 17 points for Concord off the bench. Elizabeth City rallied from an early eight-point second half deficit to defeat host Catawba. The Vikings trailed 47-39 with 16 minutes to play, but went on a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the contest at 49-49. Tyron Smith gave ECSU a 54-52 on a jumper with 11:07 remaining and the Vikings pushed their edge to 67-60 with 5:59 left. Catawba would rally to tie the score at 69-69 on a three-pointer by Kevin Petty with 2:46 left, but Jonathan Harris with a three-pointer for ECSU. Petty again tied the score at 73-73 with 1:09 to play. ECSU added a free throw on each of its next two possessions and Alex Luyk missed a shot to tie the score with 17 seconds left. All-tournament performer Cleveland Davis led the Vikings with 18 points off the bench, while Harris added 16. Freshman Brian Frasier led Catawba with 26 points, hitting seven three-pointers. Brian Carter had 20 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Helgi Magnusson represented the Tribe on the all-tournament team. #####

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