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Men's Basketball snaps three-game slide

SALISBURY, NC – Catawba College snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated visiting St. Augustine’s 85-77 in men’s basketball action on Monday night at Goodman Gym. The Tribe got 22 points from Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) as the Indians improved to 4-8. St. Augustine’s fell to 6-3. Luyk tallied 14 of his points in the opening half as the Tribe jumped out to a 39-35 advantage. The Indians led by as many as nine in the opening stanza, but saw a 29-20 lead erased by a 9-0 Falcon run that evened the score with 6:06 in the half. The game was tied at 33-33 when Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) hit a pair of free throws, then Helgi Magnuson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) stuck a three-pointer with a minute in the half to boost the Tribe lead to 38-33. Catawba held the lead the entire second half, but saw working margins trimmed to a bucket on several occasions. The Tribe led 58-53 when St. Augustine’s was whistled for an intentional foul with 8:38 remaining. Catawba’s Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) and the Falcons’ Kevin Smith (Danville, VA) were each hit with technical fouls after the play. Phipps would hit two free throws and Magnusson canned a three on the inbounds play to push the Tribe lead to 63-53. St. Augustine’s cut the deficit to six with 4:23 to play, but Catawba a free throw and jumper by Chris Everett (Charlotte, NC) to build the lead to 75-66 with 2:08 left. The Tribe converted all six free throw attempts in the final 1:06 to hold its lead. Magnusson followed Luyk with 16 points for Catawba, including going 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Phipps added a dozen points and six assists, while freshman Rokus Bartasius (Kaunas, LITHUANIA) blocked four shots. Patrick Pope (Clinton, MD) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Desmond Peoples (Clinton, MD) posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. #####

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