Basketball (M)

Late Comeback Falls Short as Anderson Defeats Catawba 92-91

Salisbury, NC -- Despite a frantic second half comeback, the Catawba men's basketball team (11-6, 6-5 SAC) dropped their fourth straight game at the hands of Anderson (10-6, 5-6 SAC) 92-91. Devin Cooper once again led the Indians with 22 points and dished out 5 assists.

Catawba got off to a slow start in half number one as they shot just 33% from the floor. Meanwhile the Trojans shot 56% and 5-11 from long distance. Crosby James scored 15 points in the first half for Anderson on 5-7 shooting.

The second half began in a similar fashion to how the first half ended. The Trojans continued to hit shots and kept a comfortable lead, with their largest lead being 20 points under 8:00 to play. The Indians would then catch fire led by Cooper and get the lead to single digits with under 4:00 to go.

The teams would then trade free throws until Catawba tied the game at 88 with 40 seconds left after a three pointer by Cooper. After Anderson's Axel Keel made two free throws to make the Trojans' lead 90-88, the Indians turned the ball over on an inbounds pass and Anderson would put the game away with two more free throws.

One of Catawba's downfalls was their lack of three point shooting. The Indians shot 28% from long range while the Trojans shot 41%. With the loss, Catawba is tied for third place in the SAC standings with Lenoir-Rhyne, Newberry, and Tusculum.

This Saturday the Indians host Tusculum, with tip-off scheduled for 4 pm.

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