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Carson-Newman earns SAC sweep over Virginia-Wise

Kevin Mays • Jan 23, 2020 at 12:34 AM

JEFFERSON CITY — The January skid continued for Virginia-Wise on Wednesday.

Carson-Newman used an 11-3 scoring run over a five-minute stretch in the second half to break open a close game on the way to a 78-69 South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball win.

The win was the 300th career win for Carson-Newman coach Chuck Benson.

The loss was the sixth straight defeat for the Cavaliers and their ninth loss in the last 10 outings.

UVA Wise (5-12, 1-10) is winless in January.

The Cavs’ last victory came in an 86-59 win over Ohio-Chillicothe. The Cavaliers have not won against an NCAA opponent since a 90-75 SAC win over Anderson on Nov. 30.

The game stayed close until Carson-Newman (7-10, 4-7) outscored UVA Wise 11-3 to build a 54-46 lead with 11:25 left in the contest.

“That run in the middle of the second half killed us,” Cavalier coach Blake Mellinger said. “It’s like the same run that we’ve given up in about eight out of our 11 conference games.”

UVA Wise used a 7-0 scoring run and cut the lead to 64-62 on a shot from Cameron Whiteside with 5:25 to play. But a 7-2 scoring run from Carson-Newman put the Eagles up 71-64 with 3:45 left.

Tripp Davis led Carson-Newman in scoring with 16 points, while Luke Brenegan finished with 13 points and Trey Smith added 11.

UVA Wise’s Whiteside finished with a game-high 18 points, while Chance Sheffey had 17. Tajh Eason added 11 points, and Izeah Parker had 10 points for the Cavaliers.

CLOSE IN THE FIRST HALF

The contest was close throughout the first half. There were six lead changes and four ties before halftime.

Carson-Newman’s biggest lead in the opening 20 minutes was six points (24-18), while UVA Wise’s largest advantage was four points, 30-26.

A 10-2 scoring run over the final 4 minutes of the first half put the Eagles up 36-32 at halftime.

CAREER NIGHT FOR EAGLES’ WYKLE

Carson-Newman freshman Braelyn Wykle put up career-high numbers in the Eagles’ 100-79 women’s basketball win over Virginia-Wise.

Wykle, a South Greene graduate, led five Eagle players who finished in double-figure scoring. She scored a career-high 29 points, while tying her career best in 3-point shots with seven against the Cavaliers (8-9, 4-7).

Tori Griffin scored 16 points for Carson-Newman, while Kayla Marosites (Elizabethton) finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles (12-5, 8-3) also got 12 points from Qua Hines and 10 from Addison Byrd.

Virginia-Wise freshman Caitlyn Ross recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists.

Kalee Johnson (Happy Valley) finished with a team-high 22 points for the Cavs, while freshman Leah Kestner (Chilhowie) scored 15 points in her first career start. Hanna Oliver added 10 points for the Cavaliers.

NEXT UP

Both Virginia-Wise and Carson-Newman are on the road Saturday for SAC games.

UVA Wise travels to Anderson, while Carson-Newman is  at Wingate.

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