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Late Surge Not Enough as Men's Basketball Falls to Wingate


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Wingate shot 53%, hit 13 three-pointers, and claimed an 85-77 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Tuesday morning at Goodman Gym. The Bulldogs improve to 6-6 overall and 4-1 in the SAC, while the Indians fall to 3-7 and 0-5.

Wingate surged ahead midway through the first half. Leading 13-12, the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to go up 26-14 with 7:30 to go in the half. Zeriq Lolar capped the run with one of his five three-pointers.

The Bulldogs led 42-32 at the break and stormed out to a 64-45 lead in the first seven minutes of the second half. Wingate hit four three-pointers in the early part of the second half

Catawba made a run midway through the final half. Down 69-53, the Indians used a 10- run to get within 69-63 with eight minutes to play. A three-pointer by John McRae and a three-point play by Jordan Barber sparked the run.

Wingate stopped the bleeding on a three-pointer by Lolar and went up 79-69 on a three-pointer from Marco Haskins. Catawba never got closer than seven down the stretch.

Jerrin Morrison scored 19 to pace Catawba. DJ Johnson followed with 17 points and blocked three shots. Malik Constantine and Jeremy McLaughlin each grabbed seven rebounds.

Kerigan Farley had 21 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Wingate. Lolar had 17 points with Haskins and Neico Robinson each posting 16 points.

Catawba returns to action after the holidays, traveling to Lenoir-Rhyne on Jan.3 for an 8 pm tip-off.

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