Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Upsets Carson-Newman to Get #7 Tourney Seed


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba upset visiting Carson-Newman 60-58 in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The win gives the Catawba Indians the #7 seed in next week’s league tournament as they improve to 9-16 overall and 6-11 in the SAC.  The Eagles fall to 19-6 and 12-5.

The Indians got outstanding efforts from Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) and Elon Edwards (Greenville, NC/Rose HS), who combined for 41 of Catawba’s points.  Edwards scored all 20 of his points in the opening half, while Little finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Edwards stroked in his first six three-point attempts as the Indians raced out to a 27-8 lead midway through the opening half.  The Indians kept a 40-32 edge at the break, shooting 52% in the first half.

Carson-Newman rallied quickly in the second half, taking the lead at 41-40 on a jumper by Antoine Davis just over four minutes into the final stanza.  The Indians scored 10 points in the first three minutes of the first half, but did not reach 10 in the second half until Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, LITHUANIA/North Hills Christian) banked in a jumper with 9:12 left.  Ishmail Sanders followed with a three-pointer and the game was tied at 50-all.

Catawba never relinquished the lead after Little answered Davis’ basket with 14:44 to go, but the game was tied five times.  Sanders tied it the last time on a two free throws with 2:22 left at 56-all.  Marijosius hit one free throw to give the Indians a one-point lead with 53 second to play and Lee Martin (Mt. Airy, NC/N. Surry HS/Hargrave) came up with steal with 37 seconds remaining.

Reggie Perkins (Greensboro, NC/Phillips Exeter HS) hit two free throws with 17 seconds left to extend the lead to 60-57 before Carson Brooks rebounded a missed three and followed up with three seconds remaining to reduce the margin to one.  Perkins added another free throw with 1.7 seconds to go, but C_N got a rebound and a timeout with 1.2 second left for one final shot.  A long inbounds pass was knocked away by Little and the Indians had the upset.

Sanders led Catawba with 17 points, while Brooks added 15 points and six boards.  Davis also reached double figures with 14 points.  Nobody other than Little and Edwards reached double figures for Catawba, but Martin did pull down 11 rebounds.

Catawba shot just 25% in the second half after its hot start.  The Indians held the edge on the glass with a 41-30 advantage, including 12-4 on the offensive end. 

Catawba heads to Lincoln Memorial on Saturday for an 8 p.m. contest.


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