Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Drops Non-Confernece Tilt With Erskine

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SALISBURY, N.C. – Erskine got 25 points from Jody Glymph and downed host Catawba 70-63 in men’s basketball action on Monday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Flying Fleet improve to 5-4, while the Catawba Indians fall to 3-5.

Glymph led four double-figure scorers for Erskine and those were the only contributors in the scorebook for the Flying Fleet.  Ray Lock followed Glymph with 19 points off the bench.  Brannon Dark picked up 16 points and Thomas Nolan scored 10.  Glymph added seven rebounds, while Dark and Nolan each had six.

Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) led Catawba with 15 points with Andrew Ingram (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Carroll) adding a dozen off the bench.  Julian Sampah (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) picked up seven points and nine boards.

An early 12-2 run gave the visitors a 14-5 lead as Catawba hit just one of its first 10 shots.  That was a three-pointer from Brown that had Catawba up 3-2.  The Indians would endure nearly a five minute stretch without a field goal as Erskine built its lead.

Catawba fought back and tied the game at 15 on a pair of free throws by Ingram.  The contest stayed tight over the last 10 minutes of the half with Brown sinking a three-pointer at the end of the first 20 minutes to give the Indians a 28-25 lead at the break. 

Erskine shot just 26% in the opening half, while Catawba picked it up after the early drought to can 35%.  The Flying Fleet capitalized on six Catawba turnovers with nine points while denying the Indians a single point of their own five miscues.

Ingram canned a pair of three-pointers around a jumper by Dark to give Catawba a 36-33 edge three minutes into the second half.  Erskine used a 14-0 run at that point to storm ahead 47-36.  The lead grew to 13 at 54-41 following a three-pointer by Nolan.  Catawba pulled within three several times in the final five minutes, but could not get any closer as Erskine held off the Indians by making 7-of-8 at the line down the stretch.

The Flying Fleet shot 55% in the second half and went 17-of-19 at the line during the contest.  Catawba hit 34% for the game and was 7-of-28 (25%) from behind the arc.  The Indians also made just 14-of-24 (58%) at the line.

Catawba returns to league action on Wednesday, hosting Carson-Newman at 8 pm.

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