November 25, 2014
Morrison Explodes for 39 Points in 108-101 Loss to Newberry
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Newberry outlasted host Catawba to claim a thrilling 108-101 victory in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action at Goodman Gym on Tuesday night. Catawba got a monster night from freshman Jarrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS), but could not overcome 16 three-pointers from the Wolves. James Stepp canned six of the Newberry three-pointers in scoring 18 points to help the Wolves improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians drop to 2-3 and 1-2.
Demarkus Smith led six double-digit scorers for Newberry with 24 points. James Ashby and Mitch Riggs each tallied a dozen. Dondray Walker tossed in 11 and Brandon Taylor posted 10 points.
Morrison’s 39 points were the most since Keon Moore poured in 41 points vs. Queens in Goodman Gym on Nov. 22, 2011. Morrison hit on 16-of-23 from the field, including a 6-of-7 performance behind the arc. KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh HS/Henry CC) recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel HS/Delaware St.), with 13 points, and Reggie Perkins (Greensboro, N.C./Phillips Exeter), with a dozen, also reached double-digits for the Indians.
Newberry led by 11 at the break then had to rally back from seven down in the final six minutes. The Wolves hit on 56% of its shots in the second half, including 10-of-18 three-pointers. Catawba was even hotter, connecting on 62% and hitting on 9-of-14 from long range.
After a tight opening 15 minutes, Newberry moved ahead with 13-2 run over a four-minute span to lead 42-31 with 2:33 to go in the half. The lead grew to 14 before the Wolves settled for its 47-36 edge at the break.
Catawba battled back behind Morrison. Down 64-60, the freshman scored 12 straight Catawba points which included two three-pointers and two dunks. A three-pointer from Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hannah HS) capped the 24-13 run that gave the Indians their largest lead at 84-77.
The Wolves heated up from long range over the final six minutes. Stepp canned two triples and that was followed by three-pointers from Xavier Hill and Smith to knot the game at 90-all. When Riggs buried a three-pointer, Newberry was up 102-95 with 1:42 to go.
Catawba got two three-pointers from Morrison and closed the gap to 104-101 with 41 seconds left. Gerald Evans made one free throw on each of two trips to the line around a missed shot by the Indians to push the margin to 106-101 with 20 seconds remaining. The Wolves got a final layup with five ticks left for the final margin.
Catawba returns to action next Wednesday, Dec. 3, with a trip to Chowan for a 7:30 tip.
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