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Men's Basketball falls short in tourney upset bid

SALISBURY, SC -- Sixth-seeded saw its men’s basketball season come to an end with a 95-91 loss to #3-seed Lenoir-Rhyne in the opening round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym. The Indians end its campaign at 11-17, while Lenoir-Rhyne, one of the league’s tri-champions, improves to 20-7 and advances to a semifinal meeting with second-seeded Wingate on Saturday night at CVCC at 8 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne would jump to a quick double-digit lead, gaining an 18-7 edge after just five minutes. The Bears puched the lead to 15 on a couple of occasions and settled for a 52-39 lead at the break. Lenoir-Rhyne host 58% in the opening half and held a 24-17 edge on the boards. The inside duo of Ryan Pitts (14 pts) and Roman Davis (12 pts) accounted for half of the Bear scoring in the opening half. The Indians would whittle away at the lead and trimmed the deficit to 64-61 on a three-pointer by Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) with 11:50 remaining. Lenoir-Rhyne would regain its 12-point lead which it held at 83-71 with 5:10 left. Catawba again rallied. Down 87-77 with 3:41 left, Kevin Petty (Sanford, NC), Alex Luyk (Madrid, SPAIN) and Brian Carter (Alexandria, VA) scored baskets to close the gap to 87-83 with 2:21 remaining. At the 1:10 mark, Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) converted a three-point play to pull the Tribe within a point at 87-86. Marcus Springs hit two free throws to put L-R up 89-86 with 46 seconds left and after a missed Catawba layup, Tim Crews made one-of-two from the charity strip for a 90-86 lead. Petty would answer with a three-point play to bring Catawba back within a point at 90-89 with 33 seconds left. Springs made two free throws to put L-R up by three points with 24 seconds left and Catawba committed a turnover with 17 second to go. Springs then missed two free throws, but LR controlled the rebound and Springs then made one-of-two from the line to give L-R a four-point advantage. Catawba would score after several misses with two seconds left on a basket by Carter, but Andre Reid made two free throws with a second on the clock to seal the win. Carter finished with a game-high 29 points and a team-high 11 rebounds to lead Catawba, while Magnusson contributed 17 points. Phipps had 13 points, while Luyk and Petty chipped in with 12 points apiece. Petty would go over the 1,000 point mark on his jumper at the 33 second mark. He finished with 1,001 points. Pitts led the Bears with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Davis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Springs would total 17 points and a game-high five assists, while Andre Reid came off the bench to add 14 points and a game-high three steals. #####

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