Basketball (M)

Brown's Late Jumper Lifts Men's Basketball Over Chowan


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba junior Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) sank a jumper in the lane with 2.9 seconds left to give the Catawba Indians a 64-63 win over visiting Chowan in men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 2-3, while the Hawks fall to 5-2.

Chowan had rallied back from a double-digit deficit to take its first lead of the half at 63-62 on two free throws by Kortez Smith with 13 seconds remaining.  Brown had his penetration into the lane stopped, but managed to get off a jumper from about 10 feet to put the Indians back on top.  Chowan’s desperation shot in the final seconds was well off the mark.

Brown led Catawba with 12 points on the night and added seven assists.  He hit on five of his 10 shots with one three-pointers.  Freshman Jordan Barber (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) came off the bench to spark the Indians with 11 points and hitting on a trio of three-pointers.  Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) and Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each tallied 10 points.

Smith led the Hawks with a game-high 22 points.  He canned a pair of three-pointers and went 8-for-8 at the line.  Carlos Arroyo picked up 14 points and eight rebounds with Josh Mellette adding 10 points and seven boards.

Catawba had led early at 16-7 behind six early points from Warren.  Chowan rallied to the score at 25 before the Indians went to the break with a 37-32 advantage.  Catawba canned 57% (16-of-28) from the floor in the opening half and held a 20-13 edge on the glass.

Barber scored six straight points for the Indians on a pair of three-pointers as Catawba moved to a 53-41 lead with 13:32 left.  Smith answered with a jumper and a three-pointer to cut the margin to seven.  Another Smith jumper made it 57-55 with 6:39 remaining.

Brown pushed the lead back to five on a three-pointer before a tip-in by Mellette and a layup by Arroyo had the Hawks within a point with 2:25 to go.  Julian Sampah (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) hit a jumper at the free throw line with 1:36 left to put Catawba up 62-59.

A tip-in from Marco Haskins got the Hawks back within a point and after a Catawba missed shot Smith went to the line and put Chowan on top for the first time since they led 5-4 two minutes into the game.   

Chowan’s rally was aided by a 21-9 edge on the boards in the final half.  The Hawks finished with 21 offensive rebounds and got 23 second-chance points.  Catawba shot 53% in the win to 39% for Chowan.

The Indians jump back into league action on Saturday as Catawba hosts Tusculum at 4 pm.

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