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Men's Basketball earns split at Shippensburg Tournament

SHIPPENSBURG,PA -- The Catawba men’s basketball team earned a split in a pair of games at the Shippensburg/Wolf Bus Lines Tournament over the weekend. The Indians dropped a 76-60 decision to host Shippensburg on Friday, then rolled to a 106-70 victory in the consolation game against West Liberty State on Saturday afternoon. Catawba is now 3-2 on the year. In Saturday’s win, Catawba built a 55-36 lead at the break and cruised from there, leading by as many as 38 on two occasions. The Indians shot 57% in the opening half and finished at 52%, while West Liberty hit on just 36% of its opportunities. The Tribe hit on 10-of-21 from three-point range and also controlled the boards by a 51-37 margin. Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) had the hot hand for Catawba, scoring 24 points and knocking down 6-of-7 three-point tries. He also had nine rebounds and five assists. Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, NC) added a career-high 16 points, while Brian Frasier (Martinsville, VA) and Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA) each added 11 points and four assists. Catawba would grab a double-digit lead in less than eight minutes, taking a 24-13 edge on a basket by Andy Thompson (Poynton, ENGLAND) with 12:22 remaining. West Liberty cut the margin to six at 31-25 at the 7:38 mark, but Catawba would outscore the Hilltoppers 24-11 the rest of the half. On Friday, Catawba shot just 30% in falling to Shippensburg. Magnusson had 15 points, while Phipps had a dozen points, seven rebounds and five assists. The hosts shot 46% and got 22 points and nine rebounds from Chuck Davis. Shippensburg jumped to a 9-2 lead and led by 15-4 after just 4:20 had elapsed. The Indians were within six at 49-43 with 13:53 remaining, but the Red Raiders got back up by 10 at 55-45 with just over ten minutes remaining and kept a double-digit lead the rest of the way. #####

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