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Late Push Lifts Men's Basketball Over North Greenville

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TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Catawba broke open a close game over the four minutes to post a 98-84 win at North Greenville in men’s basketball action on Thursday night at Hayes Gym.  The Catawba Indians improve to 5-2, while the Crusaders drop to 4-3.

Catawba trailed by a point nearing five minutes to play, but Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) tied the game for the 13th and final time on the first of two free throws with 5:01 remaining.  His second put Catawba up to stay at 74-73.  Taylor added a three-point play with 4:18 to go before North Greenville answered on a three-pointer by Tommy Wade to make it 77-76 with 3:54 to go.

The Indians took over during the final four minutes.  After the Wade three-pointer, Taylor hit a jumper and KJ Arrington (Newport News, Va./Denbigh/Henry CC) converted a three-point play for an 82-76 edge with 3:05 left.  The Crusaders made a free throw then Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Arrington each made two at the line to stretch the lead to 86-77 at the 2:10 mark.

Catawba never led NGU closer than six down the stretch and was perfect on four free throw tries in the final minute. 

North Greenville scored the first eight points of the second half and took a nine-point edge at 47-38.  Catawba would eventually tie the game at 55-all with 12:12 left and the contest stayed tight until the final minutes.

Arrington hit on 10-of-16 shots and went 8-of-9 at the line in scoring a game-high 29 points to pace Catawba.  Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) added 20 points, hitting on 8of-9 shots, and grabbed nine rebounds.  Taylor chipped in with 19 points.

Miguel Cartagena led five double-figure scorers with 19 points for the Crusaders.  Daniel Burchette followed with 19 points with Wade and Justin Dotson adding a dozen.  Matt Moore picked up 10 points and Troy Blyden pulled down 12 rebounds.

Catawba connected on 56% of its shots in the second half and went 23-of-25 (92%) at the line in the final 20 minutes.  The Indians also limited their miscues with only eight turnovers.

Catawba heads to Tusculum on Saturday and will look for its first league win in the back end of women’s and men’s doubleheader around 4 pm.

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