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Men's Basketball falls in SAC opener

SALISBURY, NC Ė Lenoir-Rhyne built a 21-point first half lead and held off host Catawba to post a 79-69 win in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. Roman Davis (Greensboro, NC) scored 32 points and added seven rebounds to help the Bears improve to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in the SAC. Catawba falls to 5-9 and 0-1. Catawba held a brief 7-6 lead early in the contest, but the Bears would go on a 15-2 run to grab a 23-11 edge at the 7:41 mark of the half. Lenoir-Rhyne would push the lead to 41-20 with 1:34 left in the opening frame. Catawba would shoot just 22.6% in the opening half and were out-rebounded 25-18. Davis had 16 of his point in the first half. The Indians cut the deficit to 11 early in the second half, but leading 49-38 Lenoir-Rhyne would build its lead back to 21 at 64-43 with 10:03 left. Catawba got within 72-62 with 3:50 to play, but could get no closer. Randy Mauldin (Albemarle, NC) and Tim Crews (Winston-Salem, NC) each had 11 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, while Ryan Pitts (Baltimore, MD) pulled down 10 rebounds. Freshman Timo Verwimp (Cologne, GERMANY) led Catawba with a career-high 20 points and added eight rebounds. Freshman Chris Wooldridge (Norfolk, VA) added 14 points, while Helgi Magnuson (Reykjavik, ICELAND) had 12 points. The Bears shot 50% for the game, while Catawba hit just 33% of its attempts. #####

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