Men's basketball notes and game recaps for week ending March 1, 2009.
BREVARD - The Brevard Tornados lost their final two games of the season last week, ending the 2008-09 campaign at 12-15, 3-13 SAC... Wednesday, the Tornados fell to Newberry, 83-72... The Tornados were led by Jonathan Whitson who scored 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds... Joseph Chilton scored 11 points and hit his first three three-point field goal attempts, running his consecutive made-three's streak to ten, a school record... The visitors scored the first five points of the game, but Newberry came back with a 9-0 run of their own to lead, 9-5, with 15:17 left in the first half... Newberry's first seven field goals were three-pointers, the last of which came at the 8:45 mark to give the home team a 21-11 advantage. At the half, Newberry held a 34-20 intermission lead... The largest Newberry lead came with 13:20 to play. A three-pointer made the score 53-29... The Tornados battled back with seven straight, capped by a lay-up from Whitson, to make the score 53-36 with 10:51 left. Another 8-0 spurt cut the deficit to 64-56 with 3:12 left. But Brevard would get no closer, as Newberry won their regular season home finale by 11... Saturday, Brevard lost to Catawba, 90-80... Cody Siniard led the Tornados with a career-high 19 points. Fellow junior guard Darin Dellinger scored 14 points, and Shane Galloway scored 12. In their final collegiate game, seniors Chilton and Sean Ferretti scored ten and nine points respectively... The Tornados grabbed their first lead of the game at the 14:50 mark of the first half, when Jonathan Whitson stroked two free throws to put the Tornados up, 14-13. The final Brevard first period lead came with 8:10 left in the frame, when Andrew Freeman canned a jumper to make the score 26-25... But a 9-3 run by Catawba, capped by a three-pointer, put the home side up, 34-29, with 5:14 left in the half. The Indians went into intermission with a 40-37 advantage... The Tornados took one brief lead in the second half. A Ferretti lay-in put Michael Jones' team up, 45-44, with 16:26 to play. But 11 seconds later, Catawba made a jumper to go up for good... Catawba took their first double-digit lead with 10:07 to play, at 66-56... Back-to-back trifectas from Siniard brought the road team back within six, 76-70, with 5:17 left, but Brevard could get no closer. The Indians held on for the win, sending the Tornados home for the season.
CARSON-NEWMAN - Carson-Newman senior Jesse McMurray buried seven three pointers and poured in a career-high 25 points to lead the Eagles to a 80-74 win over visiting Wingate on Saturday…McMurray is now two made three-pointers behind Wingate Djuan Hankins for second place in South Atlantic Conference history with 230 made three-pointers…Hankins is at 232…With the win, C-N snapped a nine-game losing streak…The Eagles dropped their first game of the week, falling to Catawba 92-84 on Wednesday night in Jefferson City…With the split of the week's games, C-N moved to 7-20 on the year and 4-12 in SAC play… The Carson-Newman men's basketball team dropped its 10th straight game Wednesday night, falling to Catawba 92-84 in a South Atlantic Conference matchup at Holt Fieldhouse…The Eagles couldn't overcome a poor second half in which they shot just 37 percent (10-of-27) from the floor, while Catawba torched the nets at a 61.1 percent (22-of-36) clip…The Indians outscored C-N 54-37 during the final 20 minutes…Tray Okoth (Richmond, Va.) tossed in 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Eagles, while Andrew Johnson (Cairo, Ga.) added 15 points and Darron Maxtion (Huntsville, Ala.) finished with 14…The Eagles shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the field on the night, including 9-of-25 from 3-point range…C-N led by as much as 11 points in the first half at 39-28 after Johnson sank a jumper with 3:40 remaining…Catawba cut C-N's lead down to 41-36 on a layup by Williams with 1:30 remaining, but the Eagles closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 47-38 lead into halftime…To open the second half, the Indians quickly cut C-N's lead down to 49-48 on a layup by Houston at the 17:21 mark. However, the Eagles responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Johnson jumper with 16:00 left that put C-N ahead 57-48…But it was all Catawba the rest of the way as the Indians outscored C-N 44-27 to close out the game…Senior guard Jesse McMurray (Weber City, Va.) made his final game at Holt Fieldhouse a memorable one, scoring a career-high 25 points to lift Carson-Newman past Wingate 80-74 Saturday in South Atlantic Conference action on senior night...McMurray was 9-of-17 from the floor, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range. With the seven threes, McMurray moved past Catawba's Helgi Magnusson (2003-06) for sole possession of third place on the SAC career 3-point field goals made list with 230…With the win, the Eagles improve to 7-20 on the season and 4-12 in the SAC. Wingate falls to 12-15 overall and 8-8 in the conference...The victory snapped a nine-game C-N losing streak…Senior guard Andrew Johnson (Cairo, Ga.) added 11 points and four assists for the Eagles…The Eagles shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the floor, including 35.3 percent (12-of-34) from behind the arc…The Bulldogs shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64) for the game but made just 1-of-15 attempts from 3-point range…Wingate led by as much as six points in the first half at 13-7, but the Eagles battled back and took an 18-16 lead on an Adam Plavich (Dalton, Ga.) 3-pointer at the 11:34 mark…Tray Okoth (Richmond, Va.) later sank a jumper with 5:29 on the clock to give C-N its biggest lead of the half at 37-28…A Justin Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) layup with 50 seconds remaining sent the Eagles into the locker room with a 42-36 lead…The Eagles pushed their lead to as much as 15 points on three different occasions in the second half, with the last being at 61-46 on a layup by Bobby Guyton with 12:36 left…The Bulldogs then went on a 22-7 run capped by a Turner jumper to tie the game at 68-68, but Guyton sank a basket at the 4:32 mark to give C-N the lead for good at 70-68…C-N returns to action on Wednesday in the first round of the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament when it travels to top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne…Tipoff is at 8 p.m.
CATAWBA - The Catawba men closed the regular season with a pair of wins and climbed into a tie for second place in the league ... The Indians drew the No. 4-seed for the SAC Tournament ... Catawba traveled to Carson-Newman on Wednesday and rallied for a 92-84 win then held off Brevard for a 90-80 win on Saturday ... Donald Rutherford scored a career-high 22 points in the victory over C-N, hitting on 8-of-11 shots ... He had 16 after the break as the Catawba Indians rallied from a 47-38 deficit at the break ... Catawba trailed 57-48 with 16 minutes remaining before a 20-9 run gave the Indians its first lead at 68-66 with ten minutes left ... Catawba shot 61 percent in the second half with C-N canning just 37 percent ... Catawba had just four second-half turnovers to a dozen for the Eagles ... Antonio Houston followed Rutherford with 20 points and added seven rebounds ... Donzell Williams equaled his career high with 14 points and pulled down eight boards ... Dominick Reid dished out eight assists ... Reid provided the punch in the win over Brevard as he nearly posted a triple-double ... The sophomore scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds and handed out seven assists ... Reid hit on 8-of-11 from three-point range, just one shy of the school record ... The game was a tight battle until a spurt by Catawba midway through the second half gave the Tribe a double-digit edge ... Reid scored 14 points in a 19-11 run that put the Indians ahead 72-60 with just under nine minutes left ... The Tornados made a run to within six before baskets by Rutherford and Rob Fields upped the lead to nine ... The Indians then hit on 6-of-7 free throws in the final 1:10 to seal the win ... Fields followed Reid with 14 points and Rutherford had a dozen ... Catawba did not hit a three-pointer vs. Carson-Newman, marking the first time since 2000 the Indians did not make a shot behind the arc ... Catawba followed that with a season-high 14 three-pointers against Brevard ... Catawba also held a 45-28 edge on the boards against the Tornados ... The Indians will host Lincoln Memorial in the first round of the SAC Tournament at 7 p.m. on Wednesday ... The teams split meetings this season with each winning on its home floor ... Catawba won 74-71 at Goodman Gym.
LENOIR-RHYNE - The Lenoir-Rhyne University
men's basketball team (17-9, 12-4) wrapped up the regular season
with a pair of victories over Wingate (76-73 in overtime) on the
road Wednesday and against Mars Hill (87-76) on Saturday at home
for Senior Night … L-R's victory over Wingate helped the
Bears clinch the 2008-09 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season
Championship … The league title was the team's second
straight and fifth in seven years … Lenoir-Rhyne also won
its eighth SAC Regular Season Championship in school history
… Junior guard Marcus Hodges (Wake Forest, N.C.) led all
scorers with a season-high 23 points as L-R reeled off 10 straight
points in overtime in the Bears' victory over the Bulldogs …
Senior guard Josh Rudder (Graham, N.C.) added 19 points while
sophomore forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) added a
double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated
Wingate on the road for the second straight year … Against
the Lions, the Bears saw a second-half, 21-point lead (55-34) cut
to one (70-69) and had to hold on for the victory … Rudder
finished with a game-high 25 points including five three-pointers
and hit a key trey down the stretch to lift Lenoir-Rhyne to its
seventh straight win … Senior guard Elliott McDowell
(Canton, N.C.) added 24 points for the Bears while the Lions' P.J.
Gore scored 20 points in the loss … Lenoir-Rhyne has not
lost at home to Mars Hill since the 1989-90 season … Rudder,
McDowell, Donte Watson and A.J. Brown were the four seniors honored
prior to the game … Lenoir-Rhyne is also 35-3 in its last 38
SAC Regular Season home games … On the Bears' all-time
lists, Rudder is 17th in points (1,410), fourth in assists (451)
and second in steals (201) … Blackmon has scored in double
figures in 11 straight games … In last week's NCAA Division
II Southeast Regional Poll, Lenoir-Rhyne was ranked sixth …
Lenoir-Rhyne earns the top seed in the 2009 Food Lion South
Atlantic Conference Tournament for the second straight year and
will face eighth-seeded Carson-Newman in the First Round on
Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m., at home … The Bears won both
games against the Eagles this year and lead the all-time series
with Carson-Newman, 26-16.
LINCOLN MEMORIAL - Poor free throw shooting and 20 turnovers were major contributing factors in Satuday night's 73-69 Railsplitter loss to Newberry College in South Atlantic Conference play. The Railsplitters shot a dismal 54.5 percent from the free throw line on 18-33 shooting en route to their first conference loss at home this season. After trading leads with Newberry throughout the first half of play, LMU senior Wadner Joseph hit a three quarter court 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Railsplitters to the locker room with a 33-30 lead at the half. As the second half got underway, the Railsplitters opened up a six point lead at the 18:53 mark but Newberry got back in the game and took control with 14:33 to play and never trailed again. In fact, the closest the Railsplitters could get to getting over the hump in the second half was with nine minutes to play when a basket by Desmond Johnson cut the NC lead to one at 53-52. Down the stretch, the Railsplitters made several runs but the experience and depth of the veteran oriented Newberry team helped them hold their composure and the Railsplitters were never able to take the lead. Clemente Martin led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, while teammate Vytautas Valiulis chipped in 12 and Grant Domsic came off the bench to score 12. Forward Brett Goodwell added another 10 points before fouling out late in the game. LMU was led in the effort by Stuart Miller with 17 points, while freshman Desmond Johnson added 16 and tied for top rebounding honors with teammate Brandon Armstrong. Armstrong scored 12 points and grabbed eight boards, while sophomore D'Mario Curry quietly made his way into double figures by scoring 12. Now 14-13 overall and 8-8 in league play, the no. 5 seed Railsplitters will travel to Salisbury, North Carolina on Wednesday to take on no. 4 seed Catawba College, while no. 2 seed Newberry, now 20-7 on the season and 10-6 in league play will host Mars Hill College in Newberry, South Carolina.
MARS HILL - Mars Hill split their games last week. The Lions defeated Tusculum on the road and then lost at Lenoir-Rhyne. MHC is now 17-10 overall and 7-9 in the SAC … The Lions will begin the Food Lion SAC Tournament this week. MHC will travel to Newberry on Wednesday in the first round of the event. The semifinal and final rounds will be played at the CVCC Multipurpose facility in Hickory, N.C. … In the first game of the week, Mars Hill rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat host Tusculum College, 78-75 Wednesday night in Pioneer Arena. MHC's Danny Sanders poured in 22 points, including 16 in the second half and sparking the Mars Hill rally … SAC Player of the Week P.J. Gore posted 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point territory, while Stoney Polite added 13 points off the bench … With Tusculum leading 51-39 with 16:32 remaining in the game, the Lions went on a 13-5 run to trim the deficit to four (56-52), including 10 points by Gore during the run. Tusculum would respond with seven straight points of its own, including a pair buckets by Josh Bennett and a three-pointer from Kyle Moore as TC led 63-52 with 10:42 left … Mars Hill would go on an 11-1 run over the next 3:12 to tie the game at 64-64 thanks to three straight treys by Sanders … After Bennett put TC back up by two with his lay-up, MHC would score the next seven straight points including a Sanders three-pointer with 5:31 remaining to give the Lions their first lead of the evening … During the spurt, Sanders also canned a pair of free throws and Akeene Coakley made a lay-up with 4:05 left to give MHC its largest lead of the evening … Ryan Troutman responded with a three-point play with 3:51 remaining to bring the Pioneers back within 71-68. The Lions would extend its lead back to five at 75-70 with two minutes left on a Gore basket … But it was Ryan Troutman again who answered for TC with his third trifecta of the night as the Pioneers trailed 75-73 with 1:42 remaining … Mars Hill came up empty on their next trip down the floor, but the Pioneers committed a turnover on their ensuing possession … Still trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left, Rob Troutman's baseline jumper was off-line and TC was forced to foul. Coakley made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left to put MHC up 77-73 … The Pioneers cut the deficit in half with Bennett's rebound and put-back with 6.2 seconds left as TC trailed 77-75 … Coakley made one of two free throws with five seconds remaining opening the window for the Pioneers to tie the game. But the Taylor Hobbs three-pointer from just across half court hit the front of the rim as the Lions avenge last month's loss to the Pioneers … Both teams shot over 50 percent in the contest as TC fired 52.1 percent, including 14-of-23 in the second half (60.9 percent) … Mars Hill shot 50 percent, including 10-of-19 from three-point territory (52.6 percent) … The Lions shined from the charity stripe shooting 18-for-22 (81.8 percent), while the Pioneers shot 68 percent, but only 3-of-7 in the second half (42.9 percent) … In the second contest of the week, Lenoir-Rhyne closed out the regular season with an 87-76 victory over Mars Hill at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Josh Rudder (Graham, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points to go along with seven assists as the Bears, the 2008-09 SAC Regular Season Champions, increased their winning streak to seven games … Elliott McDowell (Canton, N.C.) added 24 points as the Bears saw a 21-point second-half lead cut to one and had to hold on in the end for the victory … Mars Hill's P.J. Gore (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.) finished with a team-high 20 points in the losing effort. Lenoir-Rhyne, which did not trail in the game, raced to a 55-34 advantage with 15:55 remaining on a lay-up by McDowell for its largest advantage of the contest … However, Mars Hill took advantage of 25 L-R turnovers and used a 35-15 run over a nine-and-half-minute stretch to cut the lead to 70-69 on a pair of free throws by Tony Blake (Canton, N.C.) at the 6:25 mark of the second half … Lenoir-Rhyne responded, though, with seven straight points started off by a three-pointer at the top of the key by Rudder for a 77-69 lead and Mars Hill couldnt get any closer than seven points the rest of the way … Jamarl Glen (District Heights, Md.) added 15 points for the Lions, who finished with 18 steals in the game … On Tuesday night MHC will have their annual live coaches show called "Inside Mars Hill Basketball with Coaches Thomas Nash and Jennifer Nance". This coach's show will be aired live on ESPN Radio 1310 and 970 Big Wise in the Asheville market. The show also will be available live on the Internet at RedZoneMedia.com. This week's show will be aired live from Wild Wing Café.
NEWBERRY - The Newberry College men's basketball team wrapped up its most successful regular season in 27 years last week with a pair of wins over Brevard and Lincoln Memorial… With the wins, Newberry finishes the regular season with an overall record of 20-7 and a SAC record of 10-6… The scarlet and gray earned the second seed in the 2009 Food Lion SAC Tournament and will host seventh seed Mars Hill on Wednesday at 8 p.m…. This marks the first time Eleazer Arena has hosted men's postseason play and only the second time Newberry has earned a top four seed in the conference tournament… Newberry was ranked ninth in last week's Southeast Region rankings, prior to the two wins… Clemente Martin was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced Monday… Martin, a senior forward from Freeport, Bahamas, averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in leading Newberry to a 2-0 week with a pair of league victories over Brevard (73-62) at home on Wednesday and Lincoln Memorial (73-69) Saturday on the road… Martin started the week with a game-high 24 points including three three-pointers in the victory over the Tornados before tallying 21 points, eight rebounds and six steals in Newberry's triumph against Lincoln Memorial… On Wednesday, Newberry led by as many as 24 points in the second half on the way to a 73-62 win over visiting Brevard College …The careers of seniors Matt Alexander, Clemente Martin, Ty Overmyer and Vytautas Valiulis were recognized before the game... The seniors played in their final regular season home game and were led by Martin's 24-point performance… Martin was joined in double digits by 13 points from Jesse Wheelere and 12 points from Brett Goodwell.. Newberry - which leads the nation in blocked shots per game - swatted an impressive 11 shots in the game, including six from Kendrick Johnson… Nine of the team's blocks came in the first half … The Tornados scored the opening five points of the game, but their lead was permanently erased following a pair of Martin three-pointers… Newberry shot almost exclusively from beyond the arc early, as the team's opening seven buckets were trifectas… The scarlet and gray did not knock down a two-pointer Grant Domsic - normally a long distance threat - canned a jumper with 5:52 left in the half to give Newberry a double digit lead at 23-13... Brevard would cut that lead down to seven points with 1:49 left in the half on a Chilton three-pointer, but Newberry closed out the half on a 7-0 run and Martin's three-point play with 22 seconds remaining gave Newberry a 34-20 halftime lead… Johnson had three emphatic blocks in the final three minutes of the half… Newberry held the 14-point advantage at the break and extended that lead out to 24 points in the first seven minutes of the second half… Brevard held the scarlet and gray near in the opening stages of the period, but NC took its first 20-point lead of the game when a Goodwell layup with 14:49 on the clock capped an 8-0 Newberry surge.. . A Domsic triple with 13:20 to play gave Newberry its largest lead of the contest at 53-29… But the Tornados would not go away without a fight, taking off on a 17-4 run over the next five minutes… Brevard nailed three shots from downtown to cut the lead to 11 points with 8:13 to play… A pair of Whitson free throws with 3:12 to play narrowed the lead to eight points at 64-56, but an emphatic Wheeler dunk and 7-of-8 free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the Newberry victory… Both teams shot the ball well in the second half, as Newberry was 12-of-24 (50 percent) from the field and the Tornados were 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play… Newberry forced 23 Brevard turnovers in the game, 11 of which were steals… On Saturday, Martin led all scorers with 21 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds… Valiulis and Domsic each scored 12 points, while Goodwell chipped in with 10 points in limited playing time… The scarlet and gray opened up the game by scoring eight of the game's first 10 points, taking an 8-2 lead at the 16:46 mark on a dunk-and-one three point play from Martin… An Alexander layup on the next trip down the floor put Newberry up by a 10-2 margin to give the visitors their largest lead of the first half… But the Railsplitters rebounded back by scoring the game's next 12 points, swinging it to a 14-10 LMU lead at the 11:46 mark... From there, neither squad could extend a lead in the back and forth game to more than four points... After a four-point play from LMU's Brandon Armstrong gave the hosts a 30-28 lead late in the half, Wheeler appeared to tie the game going into the locker room with a deep two-pointer… However, LMU senior Wadner Joseph put the 'Splitters up on a long distance buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt to give the hosts a 33-30 halftime advantage... LMU held a 23-14 advantage on the boards at the break... Valiulis led Newberry scorers at halftime with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers… The two sides traded buckets to open the second half, and LMU took its largest lead of the game at six points when Miller connected on a trifecta 1:07 into the half... But the scarlet and gray answered with a 7-0 run capped by a steal and three-point play from Martin that gave Newberry its first lead of the second period at 39-38 with 17:25 to play… A Domsic three-pointer with 11:41 to play put Newberry ahead by six, which was the largest second half lead at that point… LMU cut the lead down to one point before a 7-2 run by the scarlet and gray went back up by six after a pair of putbacks down low from Goodwell… Goodwell had been held scoreless in the first half and found early foul trouble in both halves, but was impressive in the post, scoring eight points down the stretch while in foul trouble, including six in a row before fouling out with 10 points and six rebounds in only 10 minutes on the court… The lead was cut to two points on an Armstrong basket with 4:41 to play, but Newberry extended the lead back to six points on a Domsic triple with 2:38 left… LMU would not go away quietly however, cutting the margin to two points with 42 seconds on the clock… Martin sank two free throws late to hold on for the win… LMU was 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe, leaving Newberry chances to keep the lead... Newberry was 14-of-23 from the line for a 60.9 percent success rate... Newberry was 27-of-60 from the field (45 percent) and scored 27 points off of 20 LMU turnovers.
TUSCULUM - The Tusculum Pioneers (18-9, 10-6 SAC) ended their regular season with a 78-75 home loss to Mars Hill… The Pioneers finish tied for second place in the South Atlantic Conference, its second-best showing in school history… Mars Hill College rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat the Pioneers… Junior Josh Bennett led the Pioneers with his double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while junior Kyle Moore accounted for 19 points… Senior Ryan Troutman and sophomore Rob Troutman finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively… With Tusculum leading 51-39 with 16:32 remaining in the game, the Lions went on a 13-5 run to trim the deficit to four (56-52)… Tusculum would respond with seven straight points of its own, including a pair buckets by Bennett and a three-pointer from Moore as TC led 63-52 with 10:42 left… Mars Hill would go on an 11-1 run over the next 3:12 to tie the game at 64-64 thanks to three straight treys… After Bennett put TC back up by two with his lay-up, MHC would score the next seven points including a three-pointer with 5:31 remaining to give the Lions their first lead of the evening…. Ryan Troutman responded with a three-point play with 3:51 remaining to bring the Pioneers back within 71-68… The Lions would extend its lead back to five at 75-70 with two minutes left… But it was Ryan Troutman again who answered for TC with his third trifecta of the night as the Pioneers trailed 75-73 with 1:42 remaining… Mars Hill came up empty on their next trip down the floor, but the Pioneers committed a turnover on their ensuing possession. Still trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left, Rob Troutman's baseline jumper was off-line and TC was forced to foul… MHC made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left to put the Lions up 77-73… The Pioneers cut the deficit in half with Bennett's rebound and put-back with 6.2 seconds left as TC trailed 77-75… The Lions made one of two free throws with five seconds remaining opening the window for the Pioneers to tie the game… But freshman Taylor Hobbs' three-pointer from just across half court hit the front of the rim as the Lions avenge last month's loss to the Pioneers… Both teams shot over 50 percent in the contest as TC fired 52.1 percent, including 14-of-23 in the second half (60.9 percent). Mars Hill shot 50 percent, including 10-of-19 from three-point territory (52.6 percent)… The Lions shined from the charity stripe shooting 18-for-22 (81.8 percent), while the Pioneers shot 68 percent, but only 3-of-7 in the second half (42.9 percent)… The loss for Tusculum halts a six-game home winning streak at home… Tusculum will be the No. 3 seed in this week's Food Lion SAC Tournament and will host sixth seeded Wingate at Pioneer Arena… Tusculum will be hosting its fourth SAC Tournament game in school history with the last coming on Mar. 2, 2005 in a 93-76 win over Carson-Newman… Tusculum is 3-0 all-time in SAC Tournament games at Pioneer Arena… This will mark the first time Tusculum will be a No. 3 seed in the SAC Tournament and its second highest seed since joining the league in 1999… The previous best was the No. 2 seed in the 2004 SAC Tournament… Tusculum and Wingate have met three times in the SAC Tournament (Wingate is 3-0 in those games)… The Pioneers last six SAC Tournament games have been decided by 10 points or less, including four of those by four points or fewer... Moore ended the regular season as the league's top scorer (21.1 ppg), becoming the first Pioneer to accomplish that feat in school history… Ryan Troutman also ended the regular season dishing out 5.96 assists per game, leading the SAC in that category for a second straight season… Moore has connected on 88 three-point field goals this season, matching the 88 he hit last year… He needs two more to establish a new SAC single-season mark (TC's Bobby Ewing made 89 in the 2004-05 season.
WINGATE - Carson-Newman College hit 12 three-point field goals Saturday, as the Eagles posted an 80-74 victory over the visiting Bulldogs of Wingate University in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action at Holt Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs finish their regular season at 12-15 overall and 8-8 in the SAC. Wingate will visit Tusculum for a first-round contest in the Food Lion SAC tournament Wednesday ... Wingate senior guard Rosco Turner led the Wingate offense with a career-high 25 points Saturday. Turner added six rebounds, three assists and three steals to his ledger against the Eagles. Redshirt junior forward David Johnson contributed 12 points for the Bulldogs, while senior guard DeMario Mattox had nine points and seven assists ... The Eagles used a 6-0 run to take a 35-26 lead at the 5:57 mark of the first half. A lay-up from Wingate redshirt sophomore guard Ben Davis cut the lead to four at the three- minute mark. Carson-Newman would take a 42-36 lead into halftime ... Three straight C-N trifectas gave the Eagles a 57-42 advantage five minutes into the second half. The Bulldogs answered with a 10-0 run to cut the Carson-Newman lead to 61-56 at the 10:42 mark. Johnson and Turner had four points each in the spurt ... Another triple pushed the Carson-Newman lead back to eight with 8:22 remaining. Wingate responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 68 on a Turner jumper at the 6:47 mark. Another three-pointer gave the Eagles a 73-68 lead with 3:47 to go. The Bulldogs would get no closer than three the rest of the way ... The Eagles shot 43.3 percent from the field on the day (29-of-67), while knocking down 12-of-34 three-point attempts. Wingate shot 43.8 percent from the field (28-of-64), but hit only one-of-15 from beyond the arc. Carson-Newman held a 42-37 rebounding advantage, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds in the process ... The Lenoir-Rhyne University men's basketball team scored 10 unanswered points in overtime to take a 76-73 South Atlantic Conference decision over Wingate University Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena on the Wingate campus. The Bulldogs fell for only the second time in 12 home games this season ... Turner hit 22 points for the hosts Wednesday. Turner hit nine-of-12 field goals. His 30-footer at the shot clock buzzer put Wingate up 71-66 with 3:45 to play in the extra frame. The trifecta was his only three-point field goal of the evening ... Bulldog senior forward Tommy Coles had 15 points, including three free throws with one second and change remaining in regulation. Cole's three charity tosses tied the game at 66-66 and sent the Cuddy Crazies into hysteria and the game into overtime ... Freshman guard Jamie Vaughn added 12 points off the Wingate bench, while Mattox contributed 11 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Mattox played a team-high 40 minutes Wednesday night ... The three-point field goal was Wingate's final basket until Turner hit a lay-up at the buzzer to settle the final score. In between Turner's triple and double, the visiting LRU Bears scored 10 consecutive points. A three-point field goal started the improbable rally at the 3:31 mark, cutting the LRU deficit to 71-69 ... After a Wingate turnover, two Bear free throws tied the game at 71-71. Lenoir-Rhyne hit seven-of-eight free throws in the critical 10-0 stretch. On the evening, Lenoir-Rhyne converted 24-of-29 charity tosses (82.8 percent). Wingate hit 15-of-28 free throws (53.6 percent) ... In the waning moments of regulation, the Bulldogs made a valiant rally to give the Cuddy Arena crowd its first taste of (free) men's basketball this season. Lenoir-Rhyne led 63-56 with 1:48 remaining, thanks to a three-ball ... Mattox answered with a jumper in the paint to make the score 63-58 Bears. After a Wingate time-out, Lenoir-Rhyne was assessed a technical foul for too many men on the court. Coles made both free throws to make it a one-possession game at 63-60 LRU. The Bears hit one-of-two free throws to nudge their advantage to 64-60 at the 1:14 plateau ... On Wingate's next possession, Mattox converted an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the host Bulldogs within one (64-63) at the 1:06 mark. After a Lenoir-Rhyne turnover, Mattox missed two free throws with 26 ticks remaining on the game clock. The Bears nailed two charity tosses with 10-plus seconds left to make the score 66-63 LRU ... The Bulldogs got the ball down court in a hurry. Coles was fouled at the top of the key while in the act of shooting. Cool as a cucumber, Coles made his fifth, sixth and seventh free throws of the game (in eight attempts) to set the stage for overtime ... Wingate hit 48.2 percent of its field goals (27-of-56) and 28.6 percent of its three-point tries (four-of-14). The Bulldogs held a substantial 44-20 advantage on points in the paint, thanks to Turner's slashes to the basket. Wingate converted 21 Lenoir-Rhyne turnovers into 32 points ... Lenoir-Rhyne was 22-of-49 from the floor (44.9 percent) and eight-of-15 from downtown (53.3 percent). The Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-28. Wingate senior center Kenny Villines topped the Bulldog rebounding charts with six boards ... Wingate split two regular season meetings with Tusculum. On February 11, Mattox had 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocked shots as the Bulldogs led 40 minutes in a 67-55 home victory. Tusculum rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting Wingate 60-55 on January 24 at Pioneer Arena.