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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba men lose at J.C. Smith

From staff  and wire reports

The Catawba men’s basketball team dropped its final game before Christmas, falling 102-89 to Johnson C. Smith at Brayboy Gym on Saturday.

Freshman Jerrin Morrison scored 25 points to pace the Indians (5-4,)  but the  Golden Bulls (6-5) placed six players in double figures.

The Indians were up 37-31 with five minutes left in the first half before J.C. Smith used a 16-3 run over the final 4:38 to lead 47-40 at the break.

Markell Lotharp came off the bench to lead the Golden Bulls with 21 points.

Morrison canned 10-of-20 shots for Catawba and hit three 3-pointers.

KJ Arrington added 12 points and five boards, while Troy Warren totaled 10 points.

Catawba returns to action at Erskine on Dec. 31.

Livingstone women

Livingstone’s women lost 81-77 in overtime at Division I UNC Greensboro in  an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.

Kyra Crosby had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Bears. Cierra York scored 14.

The Blue Bears forced 25 UNCG  turnovers.

Precious Roberts hit a jumper with 35 seconds left for the last bucket of regulation.

Jayvee basketball

North Rowan’s boys won 74-27 against Crossroads Charter on Saturday.

Xavier Haley scored 26 for the Cavaliers. Isaih Gibson scored 10.

Davon Deirish had 10 for Crossroads.

• Franklin Downing, Lucas Morton and Ellis Taylor led East Rowan’s boys to a win against Salisbury on Friday.

 

Prep hoops

Martavio Rankin scored 20 points and Caleb Mauldin had 17 in West Rowan’s 92-76 loss to Concord on Friday.

 

Moir Classic

Sam Moir Christmas Tournament seeds will be finalized on Monday.

See Scoreboard for current standings.

 at Catawba’s Goodman Gym

SATURDAY, DEC. 27 —  FIRST ROUND

Game 1 – 9:00 – Girls – No. 3 vs. No. 6

Game 2 – 10:30 – Boys – No. 3 Mooresville (5-3)  vs. No. 6

Game 3 – 12:00 – Girls – No. 2  Davie (7-2) vs. No. 7 West Rowan (4-6)

Game 4 – 1:30 – Boys – No. 2 vs. No. 7

Game 5 – 3:00 – Girls – No. 1 East Rowan (8-1)  vs. No. 8  Salisbury (2-8)

Game 6 – 4:30 – Boys – No. 1 vs. No. 8 South Rowan (2-7)

Game 7 – 6:00 – Girls – No. 4 vs. No. 5

Game 8 – 7:30 – Boys – No. 4  Carson (5-5) vs. No. 5 West Rowan (5-5)

MONDAY, DEC. 29 — SECOND ROUND

Game 9 – 9:00 – Girls – Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser

Game 10 – 10:30 – Boys – Game 2 loser vs. Game 4 loser

Game 11 – 12:00 – Girls – Game 5 loser vs. Game 7 loser

Game 12 – 1:30 – Boys – Game 6 loser vs. Game 8 loser

Game 13 – 3:00 – Girls Semifinal – Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner

Game 14 – 4:30 – Boys Semifinal – Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Game 15 – 6:00 – Girls Semifinal – Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner

Game 16 – 7:30 – Boys Semifinal – Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 winner

TUESDAY, DEC. 30  —  FINAL ROUND

Game 17 – 9:00 – Game 9 loser vs. Game 11 loser

Game 18 – 10:30 – Game 10 loser vs. Game 12 loser

Game 19 – 12:00 – Girls 5th

Game 20 – 1:30 – Boys 5th

Game 21 – 3:00 – Girls 3rd

Game 22 – 4:30 – Boys 3rd

Game 23 – 6:00 – Girls Championship – Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner

Game 24 – 8:00 – Boys Championship – Game 14 winner vs. Game 16 winner

DAILY ADMISSION: Adults — $8 per day; Ages 12-18 — $6; Ages 6-11 — $3; Free —  under 5 years old

TOURNAMENT PASSES: $20 Adults; $15 Students

 NCHSAA, Gold Card, NC Officials; Sam Moir Tournament Passes

D-II Championship

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — Minnesota State advanced farther this season than any team in school history, the Mavericks turning back every opponent that stepped onto the field with them.

They finally met their match Saturday.

Chris Bonner threw for 191 yards and a touchdown, Cameron McDondle scampered for 113 yards and Colorado State-Pueblo relied on some stingy defense to knock off the Mavericks 13-0 in the Division II national championship game.

“We didn’t come into the game satisfied. We came in to compete. We came in to win,” said Minnesota State coach Todd Hoffner, who returned to the sideline this year after a two-year hiatus.

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