Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Carson-Newman hits 20 three-pointers to down visiting Tornados

Jefferson City, Tenn. – Carson-Newman College drilled 20 three-pointers and rolled past Brevard College, 98-91, Wednesday night at Holt Fieldhouse. The loss is Brevard's third in as many tries against South Atlantic Conference foes on the road.

Brevard’s Jonathan Whitson (Clyde, N.C.) led all scorers with 26 points. The Tornados (9-7, 2-5 SAC) also got ten points each from Joseph Chilton (Brasstown, N.C.) and Sam Carlisle (Raleigh, N.C.), who added ten rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

The Eagles (6-11, 3-3 SAC) were led by Adam Plavich (Dalton, Ga.), who stroked seven of 11 three-point attempts to score 21 points. As a team, Carson-Newman shot 44.4% (20-45) from long distance.

Brevard opened the game on a 10-3 run, including a pair of three-pointers from Nathan Whitmire (Rosman, N.C.). Carlisle scored a basket at the 15:44 mark of the first half to cap the opening stretch.

Carson-Newman took their first lead of the game on a Plavich bomb at the 14:48 point to make the score 13-12. After two more Plavich trifectas, the Eagles built a 34-28 lead with 3:13 left in the half after a free throw from Trey Okoth (Richmond, Va.)

Michael Jones’ team roared back with seven consecutive points, including a three-pointer and lay-up from Chilton, to surge ahead, 35-34, with 2:22 left in the half. Carson-Newman immediately went back ahead on a trey from Bobby Guyton (Jesup, Ga.), but the black and blue came back with five straight of their own, capped by a Whitson three-point play, to lead, 40-37, with 1:06 before intermission.

The Eagles had two more long range shots in the tank before the first half buzzer. Jordan Dixon (Clinton, Tenn.) tied the game at 40 with a shot from distance, and Plavich gave the Eagles a 43-40 halftime lead with a triple of his own 33 seconds before the break.

Brevard opened the second stanza with a 9-3 spurt, all of the points coming from Whitson. The Pisgah High product capped the outburst with a pair of freebies 16:16 before the final bell to make the score 49-46.

From that point forward, the game belonged entirely to the Eagles. The home side scored the game’s next 12 points, capped by yet another Plavich three-pointer, to lead 58-49 with 12:48 left.

Aided by Tornado turnovers and missed free throws, the Eagles used a 27-12 over the next 7:21 to amass an 85-61 lead. Carson-Newman drained four three-pointers in the run, including two more from Plavich. A late-closing Brevard squad outscored the Eagles 28-11 in the game’s final 4:50 to make the score a more respectable 98-91.

“We didn’t do a good job tonight of following our scouting report of Carson-Newman,” Jones said after the defeat. “We played right into the hands of their full-court pressure and we didn’t pick up their shooters defensively.”

Playing without head coach Dale Clayton, who was absent to attend the birth of his grandchild earlier in the day, the Eagles forced Brevard into 32 turnovers, a season-worst. In addition to Plavich, the Eagles got double figures from Guyton, who scored 17 points, Jesse McMurray (Weber City, Va.), who added 14, Zach Hyatte (Dayton, Tenn.), with 12 and Dixon, who finished with ten.

In addition to turning the ball over 32 times, Brevard shot just 54.5% (18-33) from the free throw line. Brevard did win the battle on the glass, 53 rebounds to 38.

Brevard goes out of the SAC Saturday to play North Greenville, a 4 p.m. contest. Carson-Newman plays at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, with tip-off coming at 8 p.m.