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Constantine Scores Career-High 30 Points in Loss to CN

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SALISBURY, N.C. – Carson-Newman took control early and went on to post a 104-89 win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Eagles improve to 21-5 overall and 13-5 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians see a four-game winning streak snapped in falling to 10-14 and 6-12.

The Eagles opened with an 8-2 run and led the rest of the way. The Indians were down 22-12, but hung around for most of the half, trimming the deficit 37-33 on a three-pointer by TJ Jeffers at the 4:50 mark of the half.

A layup by Malik Constantine had Catawba within three, but C-N closed the half on a 6-1 run to lead 49-41 at the break. The Eagles, who had shot nearly 70% in the first half, bolted to a 59-42 lead two minutes into the second half. Jordan Barber’s three-pointer cut the margin to nine with 14 minutes to go, but the Eagles scored eight straight to regain a comfortable edge.

Carson-Newman shot 62% in the game to just 41% for Catawba. Catawba committed just eight turnovers, 11 less than the Eagles, but were outrebounded 44-28.

Charles Clark scored a team-high 28 points for Carson-Newman. Shaun Jones and Mason Bates each had 18, with Bates grabbing 13 boards. Grant Teichmann chipped in with 11 points.

Constantine scored a career-high 30 points in the loss. Barber added 11 and Jerrin Morrison, playing in his final home game as the lone senior, scored 10. Jeremy McLaughlin had eight points and eight rebounds.

Catawba travels to Newberry on Wednesday for a game that will likely decide the final spot in the SAC Tournament.

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