Basketball (M)

Indians Ride Big 2nd Half in Win over Southern Wesleyan

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CENTRAL, S.C. – The Catawba men’s basketball team opened 2019 with a 21-point win at Southern Wesleyan’s Tysinger Gym Wednesday.

The Indians improved to 10-2 with a 92-71 victory over the Warriors, who dropped to 2-11. This is the final non-conference game of the season for Catawba, posting a 7-1 record.

Despite a hot-shooting performance by Southern Wesleyan in the early going, Catawba carried a 44-39 advantage into the locker room, after 20 minutes of play. The Warriors converted 10 of their first 12 field-goal attempts and trailed 25-24, with 9:21 left in the half. Catawba’s defense stepped up and held their opponent to 14 made buckets on 43 shots over the final 29 minutes, allowing the Indians to pull away in the second half.

Devin Cooper’s lay-up with 16:47 remaining completed an 8-2 run by the Indians, giving them some breathing room at 52-41.

Over a six-minute span in the middle of the second half, Catawba salted the game away, increasing their advantage to 23 points at 82-59, outscoring the Warriors 25-10.

Jordan McElveen had the hot hand for the Indians, draining five of his six shots from the floor and made all five free-throw attempts. He led six Catawba players to net at least 10 points. His 15 points equaled Jameel Taylor for the team lead, while his seven rebounds matched teammate Daquan Lilly.

Taylor grabbed six boards to go along with his 15 points. Lilly and Devin Cooper added 14 points each, while Marcell Haskett netted 12 and Ben Zemonek dropped 10.

The Warriors saw three players score in double figures, with Christian McLean leading all scorers with 17 points. Jalen Lowery tallied 13, while Jeremy Wert finished with 10.

Inside theNumbers:
- The Indians went 33-of-68 (48.5 percent) from the field, including 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from behind the arc.
- Southern Wesleyan shot 43.6 percent (24-of-45) from the floor and 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from long distance.
- This is the ninth double-digit win for Catawba this season.
- The 10 wins is one shy of last season’s total for the Indians.

Next Up:
Catawba concludes the road trip when the Indians take on South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, Saturday. Tip-off is approximately 30 minutes after the women’s game, which begins at 2 p.m.

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