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Men's Basketball Falls to Hot-Shooting Eagles

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Carson-Newman shot 57% and claimed a 101-75 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse. The Eagles improve to 13-2 overall and 5-2 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 3-9 and 0-7.

Jerrin Morrison led Catawba with 17 points, while RJ Robinson came off the bench to score 16 points. DJ Johnson collected 10 points. Carter Phillips picked up seven points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out five assists and recorded six steals.

Charles Clark had a big game for the Eagles, tossing in 30 points as he went 10-of-15 from the field and 7-for-11 behind the arc. Malik Abraham scored 20 off the bench, while Josh Murray had 15.

Carson-Newman started the game with a 9-2 run and never trailed. A 10-0 run increased the lead to 37-19 with 7:32 to go in the half. A three-pointer by Phillips and a jumper by Morrison got Catawba back within nine, but the Eagles took a 50-36 lead to the break.

The Eagles bridged halftime with a 12-0 run to push the lead to 57-36 early in the final half. The Eagles, who canned 15 three-pointers in 28 tries, held a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

Catawba is home on Wednesday as the Indians host Coker as part of a league doubleheader at 8 pm.

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