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Men's Basketball Goes Toe-to-Toe With NCAA I Radford

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RADFORD, Va. -- Radford improved to 2-1 with a 68-60 win over visiting Catawba in men's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Dedmon Center.  The game was an exhibition game on the Catawba Indian schedule against the NCAA I Highlanders of the Big South Conference.

Taj Owens led Radford with 12 points, but the Highlanders, who knocked off Georgetown in their opener, found a hard time putting away their Division II opponent.  Catawba led 41-38 with 12 minutes left and were down only 53-50 inside the final five minutes.

It was back-to-back three-pointers from Yaya Anderson and Cameron Jones that gave the Highlanders a 44-41 lead with 10:21 left.  The first, from Anderson, was banked in from 30 feet as the shot clock expired.  Radford would use the momentum to go an 11-0 run to lead 49-41.

Catawba would stay in it, cutting the 49-41 deficit to a bucket after a jumper from freshman Malik Constantine (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) with 6:28 to go.  A three-point play from Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) had the Indians down just 53-50 with 4:48 remaining, but Radford scored the next seven points to go up by double digits for the only time in the game with 3:18 to go.

Constantine paced Catawba with 18 points, while grabbing seven rebounds.  Andrew Ingram (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Carroll) also reached double digits for the Indians with 11 points and added nine rebounds.  Eight of Ingram's points came in the first half as Catawba trailed just 28-27 at the break.

The Indians shot just 32% (23-of-71) in the game, but out-rebounded the Highlanders 49-47 and grabbed 24 rebounds off the offensive glass.  Radford shot 38% (23-of-61) in the contest.  Both teams struggled at the line.  The Highlanders canned 14-of-25 (56%) and Catawba 12-of-21 (57%).

Catawba opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, traveling to Lenoir-Rhyne for a 7 pm tip.

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