Basketball (M)

Taylor Powers Catawba Past Carson-Newman

JEFFERSON CITY, TENN. – Jameel Taylor’s back-to-back 3-point baskets opened the game as Catawba men’s basketball team routed Carson-Newman at Holt Fieldhouse Saturday.

The Indians improved to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the South Atlantic Conference with the 81-64 victory over the Eagles, who dropped to 8-5 on the campaign and 1-5 in league action.

Knocking down his first two jumpers, Taylor started his and Catawba’s day well, jumping out to a comfortable 28-point advantage, 49-21, at the half. Taylor nearly outscored the Indians by himself, registering 20 of his game-high 26 points in the stanza.

After hitting half of their shots in the first half, Catawba needed the cushion built in the first half. The Indians increased the lead to 30 with 19 minutes left, before watching their lead dwindle to 13 twice in the final eight minutes.

Catawba made just one shot from the field in over 10 minutes, before Taylor and Devin Cooper drained back-to-back treys that pushed the advantage to 70-51 with 6:40 left. Carson-Newman never recovered and the Indians escaped with an important road win.

With the victory, Catawba keeps pace with Lincoln Memorial and Wingate, one game back in the loss column of league-leading Queens.

Taylor’s 26 points are three shy of his career best. Cooper, Ben Zemonek and Jordan McElveen recorded 11 points each for the Indians. McElveen grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, while Taylor and Cooper led the way with five assists a piece.

Mason Bates and Malik Abraham tallied 15 and 13 points to lead the Eagles.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field in the first half and 39 percent (9-of-23) in the second.
- The Indians outrebounded Carson-Newman 41-20.
- Catawba outscored the Eagles 21-9 in second-chance points and 24-18 in the paint.
- The Indians tallied 10 steals and assisted on 18 of the team’s 27 buckets.

Next Up:
Catawba returns home to Goodman Gym Wednesday to open a three-game home stand against Coker, starting about 30 minutes after the women’s game.

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