January 18, 2003
Men's Basketball earns first league victory with win over Mars Hill
SALISBURY, NC – Catawba College rallied from a 10-point second half deficit, getting a career-high 14 points off the bench from Chris Everett (Charlotte, NC) to defeat visiting Mars Hill 76-67 in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Indians snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the SAC. Mars Hill falls to 10-5 and 1-2.
The teams battled through five ties and six lead changes in the opening half with the Lions holding a 32-29 advantage at the break. Mars Hill would used an early 8-0 run in the second half to grab a 42-32 lead, but down eight, Catawba reeled off three consecutive three pointers to draw within 46-45 with 13:32 remaining.
The Indians would tie the game three times over the next five minutes before taking the lead at 55-52 on a three-pointer by Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) with 7:32 left. The teams traded leads over the next three minutes before Everett gave the Tribe the lead for good at 61-60 on a layin with 4:42 to go. Petty would increase the Catawba lead to 68-62 on a triple with 1:51 remaining.
The Indians, who entered the game next to last in the league in free throw percentage at 65%, held off the Lions by connecting on 8-of-10 at the stripe in the final 1:01. Catawba would hit on 23-of-28 (82%) for the game, including a perfect 8-for-8 by Everett. The Lions were only 14-of-22 at the line. Catawba held a 33-23 edge on the boards and scored 17 second-chance points to just five for Mars Hill. The Indians also held a 32-9 scoring advantage off the bench.
Petty led Catawba with 15 points followed by Everett with 14 and Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) and Rokus Bartasius (Kaunus, LITHUANIA) each with 10. Ronald Lewis (New Orleans, LA) and Dominique Williams (Savannah, GA) accounted for 48 of the Lions’ 67 points. Lewis had 28 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-9 at the line, while adding four three-pointers. Williams had 20 points, connecting on 9-of-14 shots.