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Men's Basketball suffers first loss in tight game at USCS

SPARTANBURG, SC – Kevin Harrington and Charleston Long both finished with over 20 points and Long came up huge in a second half run to lead USC Spartanburg to an 84-77 victory over Catawba Tuesday night in the G.B. Hodge Center. USCS improves to 2-0 on the year and has won its last three home openers. Catawba suffers its first loss of the season and drops to 2-1 on the year. Catawba stretched its lead out to 60-50 on a layup by Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA)with 11:59 to play in the game to cap a 17-7 run by the Indians. However, Long spurred the Rifles to go on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to put USCS ahead 63-50 with 7:58 to go. Long had seven points in the spurt. Both teams traded baskets and free throws over the next three minutes and USCS maintained its three-point lead, 69-66, with 5:03 to play. Catawba, though, fought back and Phipps made a layup to cut the USCS lead to 69-68 with 4:17 to play. Helgi Magnusson (Rekjavik, ICELAND) sank a three-pointer, his only one of the night in seven attempts, to give the Indians a 71-69 lead with 3:43 to play. Long tied the game on a jumper 30 seconds later. Magnusson broke the tie when he sank two free throws to give the lead back to Catawba. Eric Murrell, who was the hero Saturday night in the win over Limestone, sank a running jumper to tie the game again with 2:11 to go. Magnusson missed a three-pointer with time running down on the shot clock and Charlie O’Neal came down with the rebound. Harrington made a layup to give USCS a 75-73 lead with 1:34 remaining. Brian Frasier (Martinsviolle, VA) tied the game again on a layup with 1:18 to play, but Harrington answered with a layup 12 seconds later to give USCS the lead. The Rifles would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game. Two free throws by C.J. Paul increased the USCS lead to four points before Marcus Reddick (Salisbury, NC) cut the lead back to two points with six seconds to play. Murrell sank one of two free throws with four seconds to play and Reddick’s 3/4 -court pass flew out of bounds to seal the game. Long made two ensuing free throws after an Indian foul and Paul stole the inbounds pass and made a layup at the buzzer for the final margin. Long finished with five rebounds and two assists, while Harrington tallied four boards and four assists. Paul added 11 points, six assists, and five steals for the Rifles. Murrell tallied 14 points and three assists. Magnusson led Catawba with 15 points and nine assists. Phipps also tallied 15 points, while Frasier and Timo Verwimp (Cologne, GERMANY)added 14 and 12 points, respectively. #####

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