Basketball (M)

Haskett Drops 22 in Blowout of Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Marcell Haskett’s 22 points led Catawba, extending its winning streak to four games Monday.

The Indians opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 98-74 blowout of Newberry at Eleazer Arena. Catawba improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league action, while the Wolves fall to 1-5 and 0-2 in the conference.

Catawba sprinted out to a 12-3 lead in the first three minutes and 48 seconds and never looked back. Half way through the first 20 minutes of action, the Indians doubled up Newberry with a 32-16 edge. The lead hovered around 15 most of the half, maxing out at 19. Newberry hit three-consecutive free throws to trim the deficit to 49-33 at the break.

Trailing 61-38 with 16:37 remaining, the Wolves held Catawba scoreless for 3:07 and cut the margin to 10 at 61-51.

Ben Zemonek jump-started a response by the Indians with a lay-up at 13:11 and Malik Constantine completed a 19-6 spurt with a lay-up seven minutes later. The run culminated with Catawba’s biggest lead of the game at 28 (85-57), with six minutes remaining.

Haskett went 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line. He was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in 24 minutes of action.

Daquan Lilly recorded 14 points, shooting 7-of-7 from the field. Jeremy McLaughlin added 13 points and six rebounds, while Malik Constantine tallied 11 and grabbed a team-high eight boards. Jameel Taylor dropped a game-high six assists.

Angelo Sales led the Wolves with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Marquis Collins netted 12 points and Marshall Lange finished with 10.

Catawba entered the contest eighth in the nation in scoring at 94.4 points per game and all five victories coming by double-digits. The average margin of victory during the winning streak is 22 points.

Inside the Numbers:
- The 98 points is the third most this season.
- Catawba shot 56 percent (40-of-71) from the field, including 29 percent (5-of-17) from behind the 3-point line.
- Newberry went 24-of-57 (42 percent) from the field, including 7-of-22 (32) from deep.
- The Indians blocked a season-high nine shots.
- Catawba forced Newberry into 25 turnovers, converting them into 27 points, while surrendering 10 points on 16 miscues.

Next Up:
Catawba returns home Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off against Tusculum.

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