Basketball (M)

Big Second Half From Marijosius Pushes Men's Basketball to Third Straight Win

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba continued a stretch of tight games, picking up a 60-57 win over visiting Anderson in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 12-12 overall and 9-9 in the SAC.  The Trojans fall to 11-13 and 7-11.

Winners of three straight, Catawba has reached the .500 mark for the first time since it faced Anderson the first time this year on Jan.3.  The Indians are 4-2 over the last six games which have all been decided by four points or less with five going down to a last-second shot.

Saturday, Catawba survived after holding Anderson scoreless over the final five minutes in rallying from a 57-54 deficit.  The Indians withstood two missed free throws holding a 58-57 lead with 14 seconds remaining and a desperation shot by the Trojans at the buzzer in an attempt to force overtime. 

After the Anderson misses from the stripe, Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, Lithuania/North Hills (NC) HS) hit a pair for Catawba to stretch the lead to 60-57 with 12 seconds to play.  Catawba's defense made the Trojans take a contested three-pointer from the corner as time expired.

Catawba got all its points in the final five minutes at the line.  Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS) made two with 2:46 left to cut the margin to 57-56 and Marijosius put Catawba back on top with two free throws at the 2:18 mark.  Anderson missed four shots, three free throws and had a pair of turnovers in the final four minutes.

Marijosius scored all 15 points of his game-high points in the second half, making all four of his field goal tries and canning 6-of-7 at the line.  Morrison also scored 15 points, while Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna HS) tallied 14 points and handed out five assists.

Anderson was led by Tre' Fields, who scored a dozen points and grabbed six rebounds.  Chris Ross collected 11 points and Myson Jones tallied 10.  Both teams shot under 40% with Catawba making just 27% in the second half.  The Trojans canned just 31% in the first half and trailed 32-23 at the break.  Catawba also committed 10 of its 12 turnovers after the half.

The Indians stretched its nine-point halftime lead to 41-27 just over three minutes into the second half when Marijosius canned a three-pointer.  Anderson rallied back, scoring 13 straight points to close within 41-40.  The Trojans cashed in four turnovers into eight quick points in the run.

The Indians spurted back ahead and led 47-40 after a three-pointer from Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Menchville HS/Virginia Intermont) with 11:48 remaining.  Anderson made its final push on a 7-1 run to go up 57-54 with 5:07 left, but would not score again.

Catawba faces two road tests next week.  The first is on Wednesday at Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 p.m.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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