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Men's Basketball just misses upset of SAC leader

JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba College led for much of the way, but fell to host and SAC-leading Carson-Newman 80-78 in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday night at Holt Fieldhouse. Catawba falls to 7-13 overall and 2-5 in the SAC, while Carson-Newman, ranked seventh in the region, improves to 15-5 and 6-1. The teams would trade leads eight times over the opening 12 minutes before Catawba began to gain a slight edge. An 11-2 run helped the Indians grab a 31-23 edge with 5:18 in the half. Catawba would eventually grab a 40-31 lead with 1:45 in the half on consecutive layups by Joplly Manning (Rocky Mount, NC). It would mark the biggest lead for either team all night. Both teams played an excellent half as Catawba connected on 61% of its shots, while the Eagles hit on 56%. Both teams had just seven turnovers, while Catawba controlled the boards with a 17-10 edge. Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) had 15 of his 18 points in the opening half, hitting on all four of his three-point tries. The Indians enjoyed a seven point lead with 11:27 to go, but a 9-1 run by Carson-Newman gave the hosts a 60-59 edge with 9:15 left. The game would stay within three points from there until the final 30 seconds. A Magnuson three-pointer quickly regained the lead for Catawba then Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) scored the next eight points for the Tribe as the Indians held a 70-67 lead with 4:43 remaining. A three-pointer by Ishamil Simmons at the 3:23 mark tied the game at 70-70 then Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) and Calvin Owen traded jumpers to leave the score at 72-72 with 1:47 left. Carter would give Catawba its last lead at 74-72 with 1:25 to go before Simmons canned a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining for a 75-74 Eagle lead. After a Catawba turnover, Braun Dabbs hit four free throws around a missed three-pointer by Petty to give the Eagles a 79-74 lead with 15 seconds left. Simmons added a free throw with seven seconds to go in between a pair of layups by Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) for the final margin. Five Eagles reached double-figures, led by Dabbs with 13. Owen, Simmons, Todd Lucas and Larry Coleman all had 10 points. Carter led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Magnusson had seven boards to go with his 18 points. Petty and Phipps each had 10. The Indians shot 59% for the game, committed just 13 turnovers and held a 28-27 edge on the boards. Carson-Newman canned 54% of its shots with 11 turnovers. The Eagles were 9-of-17 from long range to 6-of-16 for Catawba. #####

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