January 30, 2016
Men's Basketball Hits Century Mark in Topping Mars Hill
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba reached the century mark for the first time this season in rolling to a 100-77 victory over visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Catawba Indians improve to 9-11 overall and 7-7 in the SAC, while the Lions fall to 8-10 and 4-8.
Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) led the Indians with 19 points, while Andrew Ingram (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Carroll) followed with 17 points and handed out five assists. Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg), with 12 points, and Ben Sealey (Hampton, Va./Menchville/Va. Intermont), with 11, rounded out the double-figure scorers for Catawba.
Mars Hill got a game-high 20 points from Justin Yeargin, who went 9-of-10 at the line. Patrick Monroe, who scored the first 10 points for the Lions, finished with a dozen, while Surmon Neal and Brandon Watkins each tossed in 10 points.
The Indians shot 53.6% (37-of-69) for the game and canned 13 three-pointers. Ingram and Sealey each connected on three. Ingram, who missed his first four shots, finished 7-of-15 from the field. The Indians also held a 48-37 edge on the glass.
Catawba scored the first seven points, but after Monroe hit back-to-back three-pointers the Lions had pulled even at 10. Two free throws and a layup from Yeargin completed a 10-0 spurt that put Mars Hill on top 14-10 after seven and half minutes.
A 14-2 run that was capped by a Barber fast break layup gave Catawba a 26-18 edge at the 7:17 mark of the half. The lead grew to 21 before Yeargin's three-pointer at the end of the half reduced the Indians' margin to 47-29 at the break.
Mars Hill never cut into its halftime deficit and saw the Indians push its lead to 69-42 midway through the half. The final 10 minutes resembled the NBA All-Star Game with the teams trading three-pointers and driving layups. Mars Hill's record at Goodman Gym fell to 4-34 with the loss.
Catawba returns to Goodman Gym on Wednesday, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 pm and searching for its third straight win.
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