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Luyk's double-double paces Men's Basketball to second stright win

SALISBURY, NC Ė Catawba College won its second game in a row and avenged an earlier loss to St. Paulís with an 82-70 win over the visiting Tigers in menís basketball action on Thursday night at Goodman Gym. The Indians improved to 5-8 overall by taking the win at the Salisbury Roundball Classic, while St. Paulís fell to 2-10. Catawba hit on 11-of-20 three-pointers, including going 7-of-13 in the opening half as the Tribe was staked to a 40-26 advantage. After falling behind 17-11 in the opening seven minutes, Duke Phipps (Alexandria, VA) and Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) hit consecutive triples to bring the Tribe even at the 10:53 mark. Petty and Phipps would add layups to push the edge to 21-17. Later in the half a Petty three gave Catawba a 26-19 lead and Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) drained a triple with 3:05 in the half for a 34-22 lead. Brian Frasierís (Martinsville, VA) three upped the lead to 39-24 and a free throw by Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) gave the Tribe its largest halftime lead at 40-24. Catawba would increase its lead to as many as 21 points in the final half, coming after consecutive three-pointers by Magnusson for a 49-28 lead with 16:58 remaining. The closest the Tigers got from there was 12 points in the final 30 seconds of the game. St. Paulís held a 50-42 edge on the boards, including 32 on the offensive glass, but were hurt at the line where they converted just 15 of 36 tries. The Tigers also committed 21 turnovers. Shawn Moss (Lynchburg, VA) had 24 points to pace St. Paulís, while Hassan Robinson (Norfolk, VA) had 19 points. Catawba got 21 points from Phipps, who connected on three triples, while Petty added 15 and also the a trio of three-pointers. Luyk and Magnusson each added 14 poins. Luyk posted his first double-double of the year as he added a dozen rebounds and blocked three shots and was named the MVP of the Salisbury Roundball Classic. Magnusson hit on 4-of-5 from long range and had seven rebounds. Catawba shot 55% from three-point range and were 19-of-26 at the line. #####

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