Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Carson-Newman Eagles in a 67-50 final during their home opener on Friday evening.
The Warriors shot 31.6 percent from the field in the loss. Freshman Christian McLean led the team with 11 points. He was followed by Jeremy Wert with nine points in the loss. Diego Poore led the team with six of the Warriors 12 assists. Southern Wesleyan had 34 rebounds with Lamont Smith leading the team with six. Jalen Lowery and Zalan Richards each had three steals during the game. Three Warriors recorded blocks in the loss.
Final: Carson-Newman 67, Southern Wesleyan 50
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-1) Carson-Newman (1-0)
How It Happened
Carson-Newman led off the inaugural game of the season with a layup by Mason Bates, but a jump shot by Jalen Lowery allowed Southern Wesleyan to tie the game 2-2. The Warriors pushed ahead on a three point shot by Lowery but a layup by Cameron Andre allowed the Eagles to tie the game 5-5. The Eagles continued to fight ahead as Parker Role' made a three point shot to give them an 8-5 point lead. A jump shot by DJ Dobson and a three point jump shot by Christian McLean allowed the Warriors to come to 10-11 behind the Eagles. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as a three point shot by Lamont Smith put the score at 15-15. Carson-Newman fought back to pull ahead on a layup by Parker Role' to give them a 20-17 point advantage over Southern Wesleyan, but a three point jump shot by Christian McLean allowed the Warriors to tie the game back up 20-20. The Warriors continued to fight as a three point shot by Jeremy Wert allowed the game to be tied 23-23 going into the half.
The Eagles surged ahead in the second half as a dunk by Mason Bates and three point shot by Cameron Holmes allowed them to take a 28-23 point lead. Carson-Newman continued to push ahead to take a 10-point lead on a three point shot by Reece Anderson. A three point jump shot by Jacob Smith allowed the Warriors to cut the Eagles lead to 28-35. However, the Eagles pushed onward with shots by Reece Anderson and Mason Bates to put them on top 40-28. Southern Wesleyan would not go down quietly as a three point shot by Jeremy Wert made the score 50-37. Shots by Jacob Smith and Zalan Richards put the Warriors down 45-54 to the Eagles. Layups by Isaac Ford and DJ Dobson put Southern Wesleyan down nine points to Carson-Newman, however the Eagles went on to win the game 67-50.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on November 10 as they conclude the SWU Tip-Off Classic against the Anderson Trojans at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Lenoir Rhyne on November 13 and North Georgia on November 17.