January 27, 2016
Men's Basketball Gets By Coker to Snap Four-Game Slide
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Catawba snapped a four-game losing streak, grabbing a 62-55 win over host Coker in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at the DeLoach Center. The Catawba Indians improve to 8-11 overall and 6-7 in the SAC. The Cobras fall to 6-11 and 2-11.
Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) scored 13 points to lead Catawba with Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) adding 11 points. Jeremy McLaughlin (Greenville, S.C./Mauldin) provided nine points and six rebounds as the Indians nursed a 10-point lead with four minutes to play to the finish.
The Indians lead nearly throughout, surrendering their edge only once midway through the first half. Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Menchville/Va. Intermont) quickly erased the one-point deficit on a three-pointer with 9:33 to go. Catawba led by six (31-25) at the half as Coker managed to can just 25% (7-of-25) of its shots.
Coker pulled within two points on several times early in the second half before a three-pointer from Taylor and a layup from Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) pushed the Indian margin to 44-36 with 10:20 left. Brown followed two Coker baskets with a layup and a three-pointer to make it 49-40 at the 6:52 mark.
Following a breakaway dunk by Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) with 4:32 remaining, the Indians had the game's biggest lead at 53-43. Coker made three free throws on its next two possessions and after Catawba missed two at the line, Aubrey Daniel's three-pointer had the Cobras within 53-49 with 2:34 remaining.
The Indians pushed the lead back to seven from the line, but again a three-pointer from Daniel, the last coming with 1:47 left, reduced the Indian edge to 56-52. The Cobras could have drawn closer, but had turnovers on back-to-back possessions after Catawba missed two free throws and had a turnover of its own.
Coker had two chances to close within three in the final 30 seconds, but Samuels made just one of three at the line after being fouled on a three-point try with 25 seconds left and Roman Hall failed to convert a three-point play with 15 ticks on the clock. Warren, who made one free throw with 23 seconds left, connected on two huge free throws with 15 seconds remaining to give the Indians a 61-55 edge.
Daniel hit a trio of three-pointers and finished with a game-high 14 points for Coker. Samuels and Jalen Watson just missed double-doubles. Watson had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Samuels knocked down eight points and grabbed a dozen boards.
Catawba is back home at Goodman Gym on Saturday as the Indians host Mars Hill at 4 pm.
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