February 8, 2003
Men's Basketball falls on late basketSALISBURY, NC – Lenoir-Rhyne junior Ryan Pitts (Baltimore, MD) scored on a put-back with six seconds to play to give the Bears a 79-77 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. Pitts grabbed a rebound off a miss by Rashad Price (Charlotte, NC) to break the deadlock after Catawba had rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the SAC and gave coach John Lentz his 300th career coaching win. Catawba falls to 7-14 and 2-6. The Bears led 43-40 at the half and would increase their edge to a dozen at 66-54 with 8:50 to play. Junior Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) would start the Tribe comeback after a double technical was called that resulted in a foul-out for the Tribe’s Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND), who had 16 points at the time. Phipps hit a free throw and a layup to trim the deficit to 71-65 with 4:14 left. A follow basket by Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, NC) cut the margin to 71-67 and another layin by Phipps brought Catawba within 71-69 with 3:20 to play. A layup by Pitts and two free throws by Price returned the Bear lead to 75-50, but Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) hit a jumper and Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC) drained a three pointer to knot the score at 75-75 with 1:52 remaining. Price hit two free throws for Lenoir-Rhyne with 43 seconds left, but Carter answered with a jumper with 26 seconds remaining to tie the score at 77-77 and set up Pitts’ heroics. The teams had battled through a tight opening 10 minutes before the Bears bolted to a 10-point lead with five minutes left. Catawba then rallied back before the half to trail by three. Roman Davis (Walnut Grove, NC) led Lenoir-Rhyne with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tony Connelly (Charlotte, NC) added 17. Carter led Catawba with 19 points, while Magnusson had his 16 and Phipps added a dozen. #####
Volleyball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 1-3
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)
Volleyball @ Queens 3-1
Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 2) W-3rd;M-3rd
Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional W-12th;M-16th
Football vs. NEWBERRY 17-13
Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3
Volleyball vs. COKER 3-0
Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 70-72
Basketball (W) vs. Mount Olive 94-81
Volleyball @ Newberry 3-0
Football vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 24-20
Basketball (W) vs. Barton 49-58
Basketball (M) @ UNC Pembroke 67-91
Basketball (W) @ Fayetteville St. 46-69
Basketball (M) @ Albany State 77-69
Basketball (M) vs. Montevallo, ccd. noon
Basketball (W) @ Bowie St. 6 p.m.
Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 7 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 4 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.
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