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Catawba Men's Basketball Wins An 83-81 Overtime Thriller Over Lenoir-Rhyne

Bears suffer their seventh straight defeat

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jon Hathcock (15 points) forced overtime with a three-pointer for the Bears but L-R fell to Catawba, 83-81, Wednesday at home.Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jon Hathcock (15 points) forced overtime with a three-pointer for the Bears but L-R fell to Catawba, 83-81, Wednesday at home.

Box Score

Hickory, N.C. - The Catawba College Men's Basketball Team (6-9, 2-5) put an end to a five-game losing streak with an 83-81 win in overtime over Lenoir-Rhyne University (2-13, 1-6) Wednesday evening in a SAC contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Catawba's Dominick Reid (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with a game-high 25 points and scored nine of the Indians' 10 points in the extra fame to lead the visitors to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) tallied his fourth straight double-double (18 points and 12 rebounds) while junior forward Jeff Thomas (Chapel Hill, N.C.) added 17 points but the Bears were done in by 23 turnovers.

The contest, which featured nine ties and 13 lead changes, came down to the very end as L-R junior guard Jon Hathcock (Concord, N.C.) tied the score at 73 and forced overtime with a three-pointer from the baseline as time was running out.

In the extra frame, the Bears appeared to be in control after taking an 81-78 lead with 1:26 remaining on a pair of free throws by Hathcock but Reid answered with a field goal and two free throws to give the Indians the lead for good.

A desperation three at the buzzer by Lenoir-Rhyne fell short and the Bears suffered their seventh consecutive loss.

Hathcock added 15 points for the Bears, who lost despite shooting 54 percent (29-of-54) for the game.

Catawba's Keon Moore (Colerain, N.C.) tallied 21 points andLee Martin (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots to key the Indians' win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face league-rival Lincoln Memorial Saturday at 6 p.m., while Catawba takes on Newberry Saturday at 4 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

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