November 11, 2016
Men's Basketball Rides Trio to Opening Win
HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba overcame a sluggish start to claim a 75-62 win over Francis Marion in its men's basketball season opener on Friday night at Shuford Gym in the SAC/PBC Challenge being held at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) led a trio of Catawba Indians in double figures with 23 points.
Catawba shot just 33% in the first half and went to the break in a 26-26 tie with the Patriots. The Indians canned 57% in the second half in posting the win.
Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) and KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh/Henry CC) both followed Taylor with 17 points for the Indians. Taylor, Morrison and Gilbert McGregor (New Orleans, La./Lusher Charter/Wake Forest) all had seven rebounds for Catawba.
Warren Specht came off the bench to score 14 points for FMU. Detrek Browning and Josh Browning each scored 10. Daniel Bridges grabbed seven rebounds.
After an early 6-2 lead, Catawba found itself down 21-12 with seven minutes to go in the opening half. The Indians used an 11-0 run to go back on top on Ben Sealey’s (Hampton, Va./Menchville/Va. Intermont) with 2:06 left in the half. Taylor started the run with a layup and a three-pointer.
Catawba scored the first seven points of the second half and led 42-32 after a pair of free throws by Taylor with 14 minutes remaining. The Patriots were able to pull even at 46-all with 10:25 left, but a three-pointer by Taylor with 10 minutes to go put the Indians on top to stay.
Arrington started an 8-0 run that pushed Catawba out front 57-48 with 7:26 remaining. Morrison’s jumper with 4:08 left returned a double-digit lead to the Indians. FMU made one last run to close within six with three minutes to play, but the Indians scored seven points to put the game away.
Each team committed 18 turnovers with Catawba holding a 42-37 edge on the glass. The Indians finished the game shooting 46% to 34% for FMU.
Catawba returns to action on Saturday with a 6 pm game against UNC Pembroke again in Hickory.
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