The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team used a season-high performance from the 3-point line to pick up a 97-93 road conference victory against Fayetteville Tech on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Hawks (12-4, 4-3 in Region X) connected on 13 shots from 3-point territory, including five apiece from freshmen Cole Johnson and Zach De La Cruz.
Despite four 3-pointers each from Johnson and De La Cruz in the first half, CVCC trailed 52-50 to Fayetteville Tech at halftime. Tyler Lloyd scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half to lead the Trojans (9-6, 3-5 in Region X).
Catawba Valley trailed 68-64 with 14 minutes to go in the contest, but CVCC used a 23-9 run during an eight-minute stretch in the second half to pull ahead of Fayetteville Tech for good. After building a double-digit lead, the Red Hawks held off a late-game charge by the Trojans to secure the four-point conference victory.
Johnson scored a career-high 25 points to lead CVCC. Jordan Powell (16 points), De La Cruz (15 points) and Byron Sanders (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks.
Zach Boggs helped pace Fayetteville Tech with a team-high 33 points, including 18 of those points coming during the second half.
The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to stretch its win streak to three games on Wednesday with a home contest against Vance Granville Community College. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Vanguard is slated for 7 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.