Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Sees Five-Game Streak Snapped By Queens

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Queens shot 76% (19-of-25) in the second half in posting a 94-76 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Royals improve to 15-12 overall and 12-9 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians see a five game winning streak snapped and fall to 14-13 and 11-10.

The teams played a tight first half with Catawba going on an 8-2 run over the final two minutes to lead 41-37 at the break.  It was all Queens in the second half.  The Royals hit their first eight shots, including a pair of three-pointers, to move out to a 58-49 edge with 13:55 left.

The Indians were within six with 11 minutes remaining before an 8-0 run put the Royals up 14 with nine minutes to go.  Queens kept its double digit margin the rest of the way.

Rob Lewis scored 22 points and dished out eight assists to lead Queens.  Sean Morgan followed with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Marquis Rankin and Jedarian Jackson came off the bench to score 16 and 15 points, respectively.

KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh HS/Henry CC) scored 19 points for Catawba.  Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg HS) tossed in 16 points and Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna HS) tallied 13 points.

Both teams shot over 50% in the first half, but Catawba made just 41% in the second half and got off to a cold start while Queens was red hot.  Catawba also struggled at the line, making just 11-of-22 (50%).  Queens dominated the glass by a 43-21 margin.

Catawba will play its final home game of the season on Saturday as it hosts NCAA II third-ranked Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m.

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