Coker University men fall to Catawba in overtime

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Coker University men’s basketball team dropped an overtime heartbreaker at Catawba Monday Feb. 1 in South Atlantic Conference action by a score of 85-79. Coker jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first four minutes and change, before Catawba tied the game at 13 with under 10 minutes to play in the half. The Indians would jump out to an eight-point lead with seven and a half minutes to play, before the Cobras would chip away at the deficit in the final few minutes of the half. Catawba led 34-32 at the half. The Indians stretched their lead to seven in the first six minutes and change of the second half, before the Cobras would get back within one with 10 and a half minutes to play. The Indians kept the Cobras at a few possessions’ distance for the next few minutes, before the Cobras would muscle back into the game and tie things up at 56 with under four minutes to play. Coker built its lead up to six with scores on its next two possessions, taking a seven-point lead into the final minute. Catawba would storm back and get some clutch scoring to force the game into the extra session tied at 69. After the teams played to a 71-71 tie, the Indians would score the next six points to take a 77-71 lead with a minute and a half to play. Coker got back within four with under a minute to play, before Catawba was able to ice the game from the charity stripe. Chandler Lindsey paced the Cobras with a game and career-high 33 points, while Seth Bennett added 13 points, Anthony Thomas contributed 12 points off the bench and Jahnarious Snell chipped in 10. Lindsey also tied the program single-game record for free throw percentage with a perfect 6-6 night at the charity stripe. Three other Cobras scored in the game. Anderson Keller paced the Cobras on the glass with a career-high 12 rebounds, while six other Cobras were active on the glass in the game. Lindsey paced the Cobras with four assists in the game, while four others helped on Coker buckets. Keller and Snell each recorded two steals, while five others registered steals in the game. Lindsey also posted the lone rejection in the game for Coker.

Author: Rachel Howell

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