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Phipps tallies 38 in Men's Basketball win over Wingate

SALISBURY, NC Catawba College got a career-high 38 points from junior Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) to help the Indians knock off SAC co-leading Wingate 99-87 in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Indians improve to 9-15 overall and 4-7 in the SAC, while Wingate falls to 15-9 and 8-3. It marked the 11th straight win for the Tribe over Wingate at home as the Bulldogs drop to 5-22 all-time against Catawba at Goodman Gym. The teams started razor sharp, both hitting nine of its first 10 shots. After five minutes, Catawba built a 21-13 lead. By the ten-minute mark the lead had moved out to 38-28 as Catawba connected on 16 of its first 19 tries. At the first half media time out the Indians were shooting 77% (17-of-22) and held a 41-32 lead. After the timeout, Catawba went cold, scoring just four points the final 8:16 of the half and hitting just 1-of-17 shots. Wingate stayed hot and finished the half at 58% to lead 52-45. The Bulldogs began to show their dominance on the boards, holding a 24-15 edge at the break. Wingate would continue to hold a comfortable margin early in the final half, leading by a dozen at 73-61 after a pair of free throws by Kristian Jensen (Raleigh, NC) with 12:04 remaining. The Bulldogs still led by ten at 76-66 on two free throws by Njogou Bah (Banjoul, THE GAMBIA) with 9:38 to play, but Wingate had begun to go cold from the field. After a layup by Djuan Hankins (Roanoke, VA) at the 13:39 mark, the Bulldogs misfired on 12 straight as the Indians pulled back within 77-75 with 7:41 remaining. Titus Miller (Spartanburg, SC) broke the streak with a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 80-75 with 6:46 left, but Phipps answered with a three of his own, then hit consecutive buckets to put the Tribe up 82-81 with 4:28 remaining. Catawba ended up with a 10-0 run that gave the hosts an 88-81 edge with 2:55 remaining. Wingate never got closer than six the rest of the way. Wingate shot just 25% (9-of-36) in the final half and were outscored 33-11 over the final nine minutes. Following Phipps for Catawba was Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) with 17 points. He was a perfect 9-of-9 at the line to set a new school record with 36 in a row. He ranks fifth in NCAA II at nearly 92%. Hankins tossed in 24 for Wingate, while Miller added 20. Jensen pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs held a 49-39 edge on the glass. #####

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