Basketball (M)

Indians Look For Season Sweep at Tusculum

SALISBURY, N.C. – Saturday’s game between Catawba and Tusculum launches the second half of the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball slate.

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Pioneer Arena in Greeneville Tennessee.

The Indians enter the contest at 13-5 overall and 6-4 in league play, while the Pioneers are 9-9 on the season and 5-5 in the conference.

Catawba is on a three-game losing streak after a 73-65 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne, while Tusculum dropped an 86-72 decision at Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, snapping a five-game winning streak.

Media Information:
Radio: Catawba Radio Network (WSAT 103.3fm 1280am Salisbury // WEGO 98.3fm 1410am Concord) Lance Poole (play-by-play)

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Series History:
47th All-Time Meeting
Overall: Catawba leads 25-21
Current Win Steak: Catawba 3 Last 10: 8-2

Last Meeting:
Catawba won 83-79, Dec. 1, 2018, Salisbury, North Carolina

Catawba held off a late Tusculum rally to post an 83-79 victory at Goodman Gym.

Daquan Lilly and Malik Constantine produced double-doubles for the Indians. Lilly had 22 points and 11 boards, while Constantine added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jameel Taylor had 19 points with Marcell Haskett knocking down 18 in the victory.

In a tight battle most of the way, Catawba eased out to the game’s largest lead in the final five minutes. Utilizing a 10-2 run, Catawba went up 77-68 with 3:15 left. Tusculum capitalized on the Indians’ struggles at the free-throw line down the stretch, getting back into the contest in the last minute and a half.

After Taylor’s free throw gave Catawba an 80-72 lead with 1:28 to go, the Indians hit just one of its next seven at the line. The Pioneers closed the gap to 81-79 following a three-point play by Tariq Jenkins with 25 seconds left. Devin Cooper hit the second of two free throws with 20 seconds to play and Constantine grabbed a rebound after a missed Pioneer three-pointer, adding the final point with 11 ticks remaining.

Scouting Catawba:
The Indians’ 15.0 rebounds per game are the eighth most nationally. Their 460 free-throw attempts is 10th highest in the country and the 323 made free throws rank 11th.

Catawba leads the South Atlantic Conference in free-throws made per game (17.9), free-throw attempts per game (25.6) and steals per game (9.3). The Indians rank second in the league in points per game (87.3), field-goals made per game (31.2), field-goal percentage (47.7), 3-point field-goal percentage (38.3) and offensive rebounds per game (15.0).

Four players average double-digit scoring with Taylor leading the way. He averages 15.1 points per game, followed by Haskett’s 12.8. Lilly tallies 11.4 points per contest and Cooper adds 10.4. Jeremy McLaughlin’s 3.1 rebounds per game on the offensive glass ranks third in the league and 41st in Division II.

Scouting Tusculum:
Offensively, the Pioneers rank near the bottom in the South Atlantic Conference, except rebounding. They lead the league with 15.4 boards per game and rank third in rebounds per game (41.6) and rebound margin per game (4.6). The 72.2 points allowed per game is fewest of any team in the conference and Tusculum holds its opponents to the second lowest shooting percentage at 41.0 percent.

Donovan Donaldson leads the Pioneers with 15.4 points per game. Tarig Jenkins registers 13.1, while Trento Gibson averages 11.7.

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