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Taylor's Double-Double Not Enough as Men's Basketball Falls to LR

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HICKORY, N.C. -- Host Lenoir-Rhyne built a 16-point lead early in the second half and held off a late charge by Catawba to post a 92-83 win in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday night at Shuford Gym.  The Bears up their record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 0-3 and 0-1.

Senior Old Dominion transfer Keenan Palmore posted a triple-double with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for Lenoir-Rhyne, who could not put Catawba away until the final minutes.  Will Perry followed with 18 points, while Reed Lucas added 16 points and canned five three-pointers.  Rob Noyes tallied 14 points with nine boards.

Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) had a double-double for Catawba with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) picked up 14 points and Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) 11.  Freshman Malik Constantine (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears never trailed, using an early 15-2 run to go up 29-13 just nine minutes into the game.  The Indians pulled within seven in the last four minutes, but trailed 52-40 at the break.

Lenoir-Rhyne had a 60-44 lead early in the second half and a 73-60 lead with just under 11 minutes left when Catawba made a run.  Taylor had a basket and a three-pointer to make it 73-65 then Morrison canned back-to-back triples to cut the deficit to 75-71.  After baskets by Taylor and Morrison the Indians trailed just 77-75 with 5:50 remaining.

The Bears responded as Billy Bales and Lucas canned three-pointers to push the lead up to 83-75.  Catawba was able to get the margin as close as 89-83 in the final minute, but Lenoir-Rhyne canned 5-of-6 at the line in the 42 seconds.

Catawba shot 48.5% (33-of-68) in the loss and held a 46-35 edge on the boards.  The Bears held a +7 edge in turnover margin and a hefty advantage at the line.  LR went 28-of-48 (73.7%) at the stripe, while the Indians were 12-of-17 (70.6%).  The Bears also connected on a dozen three pointers to just five for Catawba.

The Indians are back in action on Tuesday with their opener against Coker in another league contest at 8 pm.

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