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Men's Basketball Upended by Wingate's Long-Range Shooting

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Wingate canned 18 three-pointers en route to a 103-84 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Bulldogs improve to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians drop to 1-1 and 1-1.

Terrence Whitfield led the Indians with 23 points, going 9-for-20 with four three-pointers. Carter Phillips came off the bench to add 13 points, while Anthony Peacock had nine points and five rebounds.

Jarren Cottingham paced Wingate with 29 points, scoring 21 in the second half. He canned six three-pointers and added nine rebounds. Miguel Priest posted 19 points and Francis Sio 15. Donell Nixon’s 14 points and 10 from Rashaard Pringle rounded out the Wingate double-digit scorers.

Priest and Pringle hit consecutive three’s early and the Bulldogs never trailed after spotting Catawba the opening basket. An 8-0 run pushed Wingate’s margin to 20-11 and the visitors held off any rally by the Indians.

Catawba used an 8-0 run to trim a double-digit deficit to 39-34 with six minutes left in the half. Wingate answered on a layup by Cottingham and a three-pointer by Pringle and took a 50-43 edge to the break.

The Indians pulled within three in the opening minutes of the second half before back-to-back three-pointers by Priest and a free throw by Pringle led to a 62-52 Bulldog edge. A three-pointer by Phillips with 12:44 remaining got Catawba within 70-65, but Wingate was back up by 11 after triples by Sio and Cottingham and kept its double-digit margin.

Wingate hit on half of its 36 three-point tries while Catawba was only 11-of-39 (28%) behind the arc. The Bulldogs also held a 50-44 edge on the glass.

Catawba is trying to work out an exhibition game with Wake Forest next weekend, but currently the Indians are next scheduled to travel to UVA Wise on Dec. 12 for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off.

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