Basketball (M)

Men's Basketball Digs Out of Early Hole to Top Tusculum


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Catawba overcame an early 16-point deficit to earn its first South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball win of the season with an 89-86 victory over host Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in the SAC, while the Pioneers fall to 4-2 and 2-1.

The Indians survived a three-point try by Tusculum’s Ronnie Baylark at the buzzer to grab the three-point win.  Troy Warren (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) had made two free throws with 14 seconds to play for the 89-86 lead.  Baylark had cut a four-point deficit to a single point with a three-pointer just before Warren’s free throws.

Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C./Hanna) hit on 10-of-14 shots in scoring 23 points before fouling out with 1:05 remaining.  Malik Constantine (Binghamton, N.Y./Olympic(NC) HS), playing in just his second game of the season after an injury, scored 20 points.  The red-shirt freshman, who also missed most of last season, pulled down nine rebounds.

Cory Fagan led Tusculum with 21 points, canning four three-pointers.  Zach Davis had 14 points, while Kendall Patterson notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.   Baylark also scored 14 points with Keaton Dotson adding 10.

Tusculum hit seven of its first eight shots and led 23-7 after six and half minutes.  The Indians would slice into the margin and 22-12 run over the final seven minutes to cut the lead to 46-43 at the break on Ben Sealey’s (Hampton, Va./Menchville/Va. Intermont) three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.

Catawba used a 12-0 run early in the second half to go on top 57-52.  Taylor’s layup with 16:02 remaining gave the Indians their first lead since Taylor opened the game with a three-pointer.  Catawba pushed the lead to as many as seven before the Pioneers rallied back to lead 72-71 with 5:39 to go on a three-pointer by Dotson.

Arrington’s two free throws with 4:56 remaining gave Catawba the lead for good, but the Indians had to survive the final minute.  Taylor had the Indians up 82-74 after a layup with 2:08 left then three-pointer by Fagan and Baylark helped close the gap to a single point before Warren’s clutch free throws.

Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C./E. Mecklenburg) just missed a double-double for Catawba, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds.  Rakeen Brown (Hampton, Va./Bethel/Delaware St.) had nine points on 9-of-10 shooting at the line.

Both teams shot 44% with Catawba holding a 46-41 edge on the glass.  The Indians had just nine turnovers, five fewer than Tusculum.  Catawba outscored the Pioneers 29-16 at the line which helped offset 10 made three-pointers by Tusculum.

 Catawba will host Mars Hill next Saturday at 4 pm following the women’s game.

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2) 

Baseball vs. COKER 16-4

Softball vs USC AIKEN 6-2

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 83-48

Softball vs USC AIKEN 5-4

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 103-94

Baseball vs. COKER 15-5

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6 p.m.

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