Red Hawks tie program record with 14th home victory

Red Hawks tie program record with 14th home victory

HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated visiting Patrick Henry 82-53 on Wednesday night at the Tarlton Complex, and in the process, tied a school record with its 14th home win of the season.

Freshman John Bean led the Red Hawks (16-8, 11-6 in Region 10) with 17 points, including four made 3-pointers.

Sophomores Jonathan McFall (12 points), Sal-Bey Young (12 points) and Jeremiah Keith (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC.

Battling early for the lead, Catawba Valley closed the first half on a 12-3 run to take a 37-26 halftime lead against the Patriots (2-16, 2-11). McFall scored a team-high 10 points to lead CVCC in its first-half performance.

The Red Hawks gained separation for good in the second half thanks to the tandem of Bean and sophomore guard Byron Sanders.

Bean, a 6-foot-2 guard from Denver, N.C., connected on a trio of 3-pointers off assists from Sanders, pushing CVCC into a comfortable double-digit lead it did not surrender.

Catawba Valley went on to outscore Patrick Henry 45-27 during the second half on its way to the 29-point conference victory — improving its home record to 14-1 overall this winter.

Fresh off its fourth-straight win, the CVCC men's basketball team continues its seven-game home stand with a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday against Southwest Virginia at the Tarlton Complex. Admission to the game is free.