Trojans Roll Past Indians

Five Trojans Reach Double Figures for 2nd Straight Game

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ANDERSON, S.C. – In a rematch of last season’s NCAA Southeast Regional opening-round contest, Anderson outran Catawba, 81-56, in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball Saturday evening at the Abney Athletic Center.  

The Trojans claimed a narrow 68-66 win past the Indians in that NCAA matchup when guard Brandon Young drained a 3-pointer from the right side with just 2.1 seconds on the clock to lift Anderson to its first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament. But tonight’s game did not require last second heroics, as the Trojans had five players reach double figures for the second consecutive outing.

Anderson (9-5, 3-1 SAC) improved to 6-1 in the friendly confines of the Abney Center by winning its seventh game in the last nine contests, while Catawba (5-7, 1-3 SAC) suffered its third straight setback.

The first half featured three ties and eight lead changes, with junior guard Nick Trull’s layup with 9:40 left in the opening frame giving AU a 21-20 lead. The Trojans led the remainder of the contest as Trull’s basket ignited an 11-3 outburst that turned a one-point deficit for AU into a 30-23 advantage with 4:32 remaining. Junior center Taylor Shugart added four points to help fuel the run.  

Anderson held the lead for the remainder of the game, taking its largest advantage of the half, 37-28, on a jumper by senior Trey Britton inside the final minute and AU took a 40-33 lead to the locker room.

The Trojans took advantage of their inside strength to steadily build a 58-38 advantage midway through the second stanza and claimed their largest lead of the contest, 74-43, with just less than four minutes remaining. 

Anderson held a 42-14 scoring advantage in the paint and out-rebounded the Indians, 38-29 on the night. The Trojans out-shot Catawba, 50.8 percent to 36.4 percent and forced 19 turnovers.

Catawba freshman guard Keon Moore notched a game-high 21 points, while Trey Britton and Kevis Cornwell each posted a team-high 14 points for the Trojans. Senior guard Brandon Young added 13 points, while Denzail Jones and Shugart tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jones also swiped a game-high three steals.

Anderson closes out the three-game conference homestand when the Newberry Wolves invade the Abney Center on Wednesday. Tip-off versus Newberry is slated for 8 p.m. in the second game of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at the Abney Center.

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