December 6, 2014
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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