Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Evens League Mark Behind Morrison's Double-Double


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba evened its South Atlantic Conference record with a 78-73 victory over visiting Carson-Newman in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  Freshman Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS) posted a double-double for the Catawba Indians with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace four double-figure scorers.  Catawba improves to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the SAC, while the Eagles fall to 2-6 and 1-3.

Catawba also got 13 points from KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh HS/Henry CC), a dozen from Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna HS) and 11 from Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Menchville HS/Virginia Intermont) in the win.  The Indians used a big edge from long range, making nine three-pointers to just one for Carson-Newman.

Carson-Newman jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead behind two baskets each from Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Carson Brooks (Knoxville, Tenn.).  Three-pointers by Arrington and Taylor sparked Catawba early and the Indians pulled even at 12-all on a jumper by Morrison at the 14 minute mark of the half.  The Indians would not trail after Morrison’s layup with 10:54 to go in the opening half which put Catawba up 19-17.

The Eagles rallied from a 38-33 halftime deficit to pull even twice in the final half.  The last tie came at the 15:24 mark at 43-all following two free throws from Jay Lane (Manassas, Va.).  Catawba responded with a quick seven-point run on a layup by Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel HS/Delaware St.), two free throws by Morrison and a three-pointer by Sealey.

Carson-Newman twice got within a point before Catawba pushed its advance to near double digits.  Morrison’s three-pointer with 6:48 to go made it 64-55.  The Eagles could never get closer than four the rest of the way.

Brooks led Carson-Newman with 16 points and Sawyer Williams (Owenton, Ky.) came off the bench to tally 14.  Josh Rogers (Bristol, England) collected a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.  Clark rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points.  

Carson-Newman shot 52% in the loss and held a slight 38-37 edge on the boards.  Catawba canned 42% and did make the most of 15 offense boards which it converted into 18 points. 

Morrison went 5-of-11 from the field and connected on 10-of-15 from the stripe.  He is averaging 26.7 points over his last three outings which started with a 39-point effort vs. Newberry, the most by a Catawba freshman since 1966.

Catawba will be idle for a week due to exams and returns to action at Tusculum on Monday, December 15 at 8 p.m.

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December 1

Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 1)

December 2

Swimming @ Yellow Jacket Invite (Day 2) W-2nd;M-4th

Track/Field @ JDL College Kickoff Classic

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 43-60

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December 9

Basketball (W) vs. TUSCULUM 70-58

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Basketball (W) vs. JC SMITH 6 p.m.

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Basketball (M) vs. ST. AUGUSTINE'S 7 p.m.

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Basketball (W) vs. ANDERSON 2 p.m.

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Swimming vs. QUEENS noon

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Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 11 a.m.

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Basketball (W) @ Virginia Union 2 p.m.


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