Basketball (M)

Taylor Goes For 27 as Men's Basketball Knocks Off One of Region's Top Teams


WINGATE, N.C. -- Catawba led the final 30 minutes and upset the Southeast Region's fourth-ranked team with a 78-62 victory over host Wingate in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 12-15 overall and 10-11 in the SAC, while the Bulldogs fall to 19-8 and 15-6, dropping a home league game for just the second time this season.

Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) scored 27 points, 18 in the first half, while canning all five of his three-point attempts in pacing the Indians.  Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) and Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each added 11 points.

Wingate was led by Mike Baez, who was the only Bulldog in double figures with 20 points.  Wingate struggled from long range on the night, making just 3-of-20 from behind the arc.  Catawba also held a 41-33 edge on the boards and committed three less turnovers.

The Bulldogs led early with Jeremy McLaughlin (Greenville, S.C./Mauldin) putting Catawba ahead for the first time at 17-16 with 10:55 left in the first half.  Wingate briefly retook the lead before back-to-back threes by Morrison and Taylor put the Indians up for good.

While Wingate went seven minutes without a field goal, Catawba pushed the lead to double digits when Taylor canned a three for a 30-19 edge at the 4:12 mark.  The Indians led 36-25 at the break with Taylor knocking down four three-pointers.

Wingate made several runs in the final half, but the Indians were always able to answer.  The Bulldogs got as close as six early in the second half before Morrison converted a three-point play and Warren later a jumper to keep Wingate from getting closer.

After Wingate pulled within 51-44 with 9:51 to go, Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, Lithuania) and Rakeen Brown (Newport News, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) connected on back-to-back triples to send the Indians back out by 13.  Wingate never got closer than eight after that.

Catawba heads to Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to face third-ranked Lincoln Memorial at 4 pm.

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