November 22, 2014
Five Reach Double Figures as Men's Basketball Notches SAC Win at Mars Hill
MARS HILL, N.C. -- Catawba led from start to finish in posting an 83-70 win over host Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena. Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel HS/Delaware St.) scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to keep the Catawba Indians out front to level its record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SAC. The Lions fall to 3-2 and 0-2.
Brown hit on 7-of-15 shots with a pair of three-pointers in his game-high effort. He also dished out five assists and recorded three steals. KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh HS/Henry CC) followed with 15 points and eight rebounds and Vismantis Marijosius (Kedainiai, LITHUANIA/North Hills (NC) HS) added 13 points.
The Indians scored the first 10 points of the game, starting on a three-pointer from Marijosius and ending on a jumper from Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS). Mars Hill closed within four with just under eight minutes left in the half, but Catawba jumped back out to a double-digit lead on an 8-2 run and led 39-26 at the break.
When Brown canned a three-pointer with 14:12 remaining, Catawba had surged to a 49-33 lead. Mars Hill chipped away at the deficit and reduced the margin back to four at 60-56 with 7:10 left following consecutive three-pointers from Justin Yeargin.
Arrington hit a big three-pointer with 4:58 left to put Catawba up 65-58 and Brown converted a three-point play with 4:37 to go to make it 68-60. Yeargin cut the lead to 70-64 with 3:32 remaining, but Arrington made a key steal that led to a three-pointer from Marijosius to put the Indians on top 73-64 with 2:12 left.
Brown stretched the lead to 10 on a layup with 1:31 to go and the Indians made all eight of its free throws in the final 1:20 to ensure the outcome. Catawba went 21-of-28 (75%) at the stripe for the game, while the Lions converted just 9-of-16 (56%). Freshmen, Morrison and Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hannah HS), each added 11 points for Catawba.
Yeargin paced Mars Hill with 17 points. Patrick Monroe followed with 13 points and connected on three from behind the arc. Isaiah Cuthbertson was a point short of a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Catawba's next outing will be tomorrow in an exhibition game at Radford. The contest with the Highlanders of the Big South Conference is set to tip at 3 p.m.
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