Basketball (M)

Hot Start Leads Indians Past Mars Hill 89-66

MARS HILL, N.C. – Jameel Taylor and Marcell Haskett outscored the opposition in the first half of Catawba’s 89-66 win at Stanford Arena Saturday.

The Indians improved to 17-5 overall and 10-4 in South Atlantic Conference play, moving into third place with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Mars Hill falls to 9-12 on the campaign and 3-10 in league action.

Taylor opened the game on fire from the field, converting five of his six attempts, including 3-of-3 from long range, netting 15 points in the opening 20 minutes. Haskett nailed 4-of-6 including both 3-point attempts, dropping 10 points in the half.

On three separate occasions, Catawba ran off at least nine straight points in the half, cruising to a 50-24 advantage at intermission. The Indians pushed the lead up to 30 with 14:47 remaining.

Taylor led all scorers with 19 points. Jordan McElveen netted 17 and Haskett finished with 16. Devin Cooper dropped in 10 points for the Indians.

Austin Gilyard and Matthew Powell tallied double figures for Mars Hill, with Gilyard totaling 14 points and Powell adding 11.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba hit 31-of-59 (52.5 percent) field-goal attempts, including 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
- The Indians outrebounded the Lions 43-29, including 11-7 on the offensive boards.
- With the win, Catawba secured a spot in the conference championship tournament.

Next Up:
The Indians conclude the two-game road swing in South Carolina Wednesday, when they take on Coker at 8 p.m.

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