December 20, 2002
Men's Basketball dealt worst defeat in 38 years
AIKEN, SC – Catawba College struggled with its shooting for the second straight night and fell to Augusta State 97-60 at the Phillips 66 Christmas Classic on Thursday night at the Courthouse on the campus of USC-Aiken. The Indians committed a season-high 31 turnovers as the Tribe fell to 3-7 on the season. The 37 points marks the largest margin of defeat for Catawba since falling to Lenoir-Rhyne 110-73 in 1965. Augusta State improved to 4-4.The Indians played without starting point guard Brian Frasier, who was nursing a leg injury, and only freshman Helgi Magnusson, with 21 points, reached double figures in scoring. He also added a season-high eight rebounds. Brian Carter, Duke Phipps and Marcus Reddick each tallied seven points.
The Jaguars began to pull away early in the opening half. Leading 12-10, Augusta went on a 13-4 run to lead by 11 with 9:32 in the half. Catawba was down eight at 34-26, but scored only two points the final three minutes of the half and trailed 43-28 at the break.
The Tribe failed to score for nearly five minutes to open the second half and wnt down 59-28 with 15:33 to play. Catawba never cut the deficit under 25 points the rest of the way. Augusta shot 54% to just 39% for the Tribe and had just 13 turnovers, a +18 difference over the Indians. Ben Butler led the Jaguars with 15 points, while David Siebrands added 14.