Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Grinds Out 68-58 Win Over Lenoir-Rhyne

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba was able to grind out a 68-58 win over visiting Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 8-10 overall and 6-7 in the SAC, while the Bears fall to 7-10 and 5-8.

The game was a defensive battle with neither team reaching 50 points until the final five minutes.  Catawba connected on just 37% (19-of-52) with the Bears making 35% (22-of-63).  Catawba held a slight edge on the boards, 47-41, and committed four more turnovers.  Foul shooting was key as the Indians went 23-of-30 (77%), while Lenoir-Rhyne was only 12-of-24 (50%).

After a brief early lead by the Bears, Catawba went on top to stay on a dunk by KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh HS/Henry CC) at the 16:23 mark.  The junior went on to post a game-high 21 points and grab eight rebounds.  A Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS) three-pointer capped a 10-0 run to push the Indians to a 12-5 edge just over six minutes into the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne closed the gap to 14-11 at the midpoint of the opening half, but the Indians ran out to a 30-17 lead late in the stanza.  Catawba settled for a 30-22 margin at the break.

Catawba led by just six at the 10:48 mark of the second half, but began to pull away after a three-pointer from Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, Lithuania/North Hills) and a layup by Morrison to go back up by double digits.  The lead would reach 14 at 49-35 with seven minutes remaining.

The Bears clawed within single digits late, but the Indians converted 11-of-14 at the line in the final 2:14 to secure the win.  The closest Lenoir-Rhyne got was at 61-54 with 1:10 on the clock.

Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) was the only other Catawba player in double figures with 10 in a balanced scoring attack.  Marijosius collected nine points with Morrison and Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Menchville HS/Va. Intermont) each tossing in eight.  Warren added seven rebounds and three blocks, with Morrison grabbing six boards and blocking two shots.

Rob Noyes delivered a double-double for the Bears with 14 points and a dozen rebounds.  Will Perry and Dalvon McDaniel each added nine points.  McDaniel pulled down seven rebounds with Perry collecting four steals.

Catawba travels to Carson-Newman on Saturday for a 4 pm match-up with the Eagles.

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