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Men's Basketball falls at Newberry

NEWBERRY, SC Ė Host Newberry used a strong first half and defeated Catawba 73-55 in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Gym. Newberry hit half its shots in the opening half in building a 39-20 lead to help improve them to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the SAC. Catawba falls to 6-12 and 1-4. Catawba held an early 10-4 lead after just over five minutes into game, but turnovers would help Newberry go on a 19-2 run over the next six minutes to grab a 23-12 advantage. Catawba never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. Rashaad Carter (N. Charleston, SC) started the spurt with the old-fashioned three-point play, followed by two successful free throws on the next possession. Freshman Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, SC) added six of his eight points during that span. Catawba's cold first half shooting, coupled with a 19-11 NC advantage on the boards, would improve in the second stanza. The visitors chipped into a pair of 21-point second-half leads, trailing by 12 at the midpoint of the final period, until Newberry's 17-8 rally put the game out of reach. Crucial during that stretch were five consecutive Brandon Moses (Aiken, SC) points. Moses hit on three of five three pointers en route to a game-high 19 points, leading Newberry. As a team, Newberry was virtually automatic from the charity stripe, connecting on 14 of 18 shots. The visiting Indians found the line unkind, making only 38.9% on 7-for-13 free throw shooting. Newberry also bested Catawba from beyond the arc, converting 50 per cent to CC's 30.8%. Catawba sophomore Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland) recorded 15 points and 14 boards, both team highs, in a losing effort, playing all 40 minutes. Catawba's second option, Duke Phipps (Newport News, VA), was limited to eight points, and fouled out in the waning minutes. Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, NC) notched 13 points and snatched 9 rebounds. Newberry's Michael Dease (Bennettsville, SC) scored 12 points to join Moses and Carter in double digits. Carter rebounded 10 misses to match his 10 points. #####

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