Reprinted with permission from Carson-Newman Men’s Basketball. Carson Newman, under Head Coach, Chuck Benson is another of the Tribe’s Read & React College Basketball teams.
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – For the first time since the 2001-02 season, Carson Newman (15-4, 8-3 South Atlantic Conference) has swept a season series with Tusculum (5-11, 3-8). Carson-Newman held Tusculum to one field goal over an eight minute span in the first half while going on a 13-2 run and never looked back in a 73-43 win Wednesday night at Holt Fieldhouse.
The win was the most lopsided in the series since the Eagles last swept TC more than a decade ago. Carson-Newman knocked the Pioneers out of the SAC semifinals with an 88-51 win.
Carson-Newman has locked down defensively in February. Following Wingate’s 52-point performance last Saturday against C-N, the Pioneers’ 43 points are the fewest scored on the Eagles this season.
“We knew they were more inside oriented than outside,” Carson-Newman head coach Chuck Benson said. “We wanted to take away that. Some of that was our guys taking it away, some of that was just not being their night. But the numbers we gave up, those are impressive.”
The Eagles defense set new season lows for points (43), field goals (14), field goal attempts (45), field goal percentage (31 percent), three pointers (two), three point field goal attempts (12), three point field goal percentage (16.7 percent) and assists (six) allowed.
Carson-Newman produced three double figure scorers, with Ish Sanders (Cleveland, Tenn.) scoring 18, Jared Johnson 14 (Springfield, Mass.) and Antoine Davis (Rustburg, Va.) adding 11. [click to continue…]