December 16, 2015
Morrison's 26 Points Paces Men's Basketball Past C-N
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba got off to a big lead then held off visiting Carson-Newman to take a 69-65 win in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians improve to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the SAC, while the Eagles fall to 4-6 and 0-4.
Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) tallied a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting to pace Catawba. Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) added 14 points. Charles Clark led Carson-Newman with 22 points as the Eagles’ only double-digit scorer.
Carson-Newman led 4-0 in the opening minutes, but then suffered through an eight-minute drought as Catawba raced to a 15-4 edge. Catawba got three-pointers from Reggie Perkins (Greensboro, N.C./Phillips Exeter), Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Mechanicsville/Virginia Intermont) and Morrison in the 15-0 run.
The Indians built as much as a 17-point lead at 25-8 with six minutes left in the half before Carson-Newman rallied within single digits by the break. An 11-2 run got the C-N deficit to 27-19 with three minutes to go and the teams went to the half with Catawba up 31-23.
An early three-pointer in the second half by Taylor had Catawba ahead 34-27 then C-N shaved the Indians lead to a single basket after a layup from Clark with 13:15 to go. Catawba weathered the run and used a 9-0 run later in the half to build its edge back to 17 at 57-40 with 6:33 remaining.
Carson-Newman wasn’t done as again the Eagles clawed back within a single basket in the closing seconds. Down 61-51 with 3:30 left, C-N went on a 9-3 run to cut the margin to 63-60 on two free throws from Clark with 18 second to play. Catawba never gave the Eagles a possession to tie, making all six free throws in the final 15 seconds.
After a cold start, Carson-Newman finished the game shooting 43% with Catawba shooting 38%. Carson-Newman committed 17 turnovers that turned into 24 Catawba points, while the Eagles picked up 15 points on 12 Indian turnovers. Catawba entered the game ranked 287th in the nation in free throw shooting (62%), but went 14-of-15 against C-N.
Catawba plays its final game before the holiday break on Saturday, hosting Anderson at 4 pm.
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