December 19, 2015
Late Free Throws Seal Men's Basketball's Win Over Anderson
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Host Catawba held off a second-half rally by Anderson to post an 86-79 win in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians improve to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the SAC, while the Cobras fall to 3-8 and 2-4.
Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) and Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) combined to score 48 of Catawba’s points. Morrison hit on 6-of-8 shots in scoring 15 in the opening half, while Taylor added a dozen in the opening stanza that saw Catawba build a double-digit lead.
The Indians connected on 56% of its shots in the first half that included a stretch where they nailed 11-of-15 (73%) attempts. Catawba led by 17 (47-30) late in the half and went to the break on top 48-34.
As hot as Catawba was in the first half they were the opposite at the start of the second. The Indians made just one of their first 13 tries and Anderson clawed back within 54-52 at the 12:09 mark. A jumper by Rakish Taylor would eventually bring the Trojans even at 58 with 9:36 left.
When Jameel Taylor made just Catawba’s third field goal of the second half it put the Indians back up 60-58 with 8:27 remaining and Catawba kept the lead the rest of the way. Tony Dargan made one of two free throws to cut the margin to 64-63 at the 6:26 mark, but Jameel Taylor scored on a jumper and Morrison followed with a three-pointer to push the Catawba lead to 69-63 with 4:30 to go.
Two free throws by Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Mechanicsville/Virginia Intermont) had Catawba on top 73-64 with 3:09 left before three-pointer from Lex Davis and Tre’ Fields pulled the Trojans within 73-70 with 1:59 remaining. Catawba was able to salt the win away at the line, going 11-of-12 at the stripe over the final two minutes.
Jameel Taylor led all scorers with 26 points for Catawba. Morrison followed with 22 points and Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, Lithuania/North Hills) provided 10 points.
Four Anderson players reached double figures as Rakish Taylor and Maurice Howard each scored 21. Fields came off the bench to score 18 points, hitting on 6-of-10 from long range. Davis chipped in with 10 points.
Anderson out-scored Catawba 17-5 on second-chance points, but the Indians capitalized by turning 18 Trojan miscues into 27 points. Anderson had 10 points on 10 Catawba turnovers.
Catawba returns to action on December 31, traveling to Belmont Abbey for a 4 pm tip-off.
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