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Men's Basketball Upended in Overtime by UNC Pembroke

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba took the preseason Peach Belt Conference favorite to overtime before falling 80-75 at the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Challenge on Daturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Braves improve to 2-0, while the Catawba Indians stand at 1-1.

James Murray-Boyles, who led UNC Pembroke with 19 points, hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force the extra time. Catawba got a free throw from Jameel Taylor to start the overtime scoring, but that would be the only lead for the Indians as Carson Mounce hit a jumper and Murray-Boyles two free throws to open a 72-69 edge.

Down six with a minute to play, Ben Zemonek hit a layup and Daqyan Lilly converted two free throws after a UNCP turnover to make it 77-75 with 40 ticks left. The Braves followed with a tip-in three-point play by Spencer Levi with 31 seconds to play to go back up five and provide the final margin.

Catawba shot just 27% in the opening half and fell behind by seven at the break. Taylor led Catawba back, tying the score at 46-all on a three-pointer with 12:44 left. The game was back-and-forth the rest of the way. Murray-Boyles rallied UNCP to a 64-61 lead with 3:16 to go. Zemonek tied the game with 2:03 left and Taylor had Catawba on top 68-65 after his jumper with 23 seconds remaining.

UNC Pembroke shot 54% for the game to just 39% for Catawba. The Indians dominated the boards 49-34, but converted 22 offensive rebounds into just 11 points. Both teams struggled at the line. The Braves made 54% with the Indians hitting on 56%.

Taylor finished the game with 19 points with 17 coming after the opening half. Zemonek tallied 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Jeremy McLaughlin completed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds with Lilly scoring 10. Mounce and Akia Pruitt followed Murray-Boyles with 10 points each for UNCP. Pruitt had eight rebounds.

Catawba hits the road to face Young Harris on Wednesday. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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