Balanced Attack Leads Trojans Past Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Paced by five players in double figures, Anderson won its sixth straight game, defeating Carson-Newman, 82-70, in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.  

Anderson (13-3, 8-0 SAC) earned its sixth road win of the season en route to claiming its 10th win in the last 11 outings, while Carson-Newman fell to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in league action, as the Eagles dropped their fourth game in the last five contests.

Trojan junior guard Denzail Jones set the pace early for AU, scoring 12 of Anderson’s first 16 points by going a perfect four-of-four from beyond the arc in the game’s first five minutes, while senior Jo’el Lamb added the other four on a pair of jumpers.
 
Jones’ connected on the first of his career-high four treys to knot the score at 5-5 and his second 3-pointer tied the contest at 10-10. Jones’ third triple gave the Trojans a lead they would not surrender, at 13-10, less than four minutes into the contest. The long-range basket snapped the 10-10 deadlock and sparked a 17-4 run over a five-minute span early in the first half, gaining a double-digit lead for the Trojans with 11:31 on the clock.

Five Trojans contributed to the decisive outburst, with the Eagles trimming Anderson’s lead to 10 points following the Trojans’ surge, but it was as close as Carson-Newman would get during the remainder of the first half, as AU held a 46-33 advantage at the break.

Anderson led by as many as 16 points in the second half, with Carson-Newman chipping away to pull as close as 68-61 with 6:44 left in the contest, but senior guard Nick Trull connected on a pair of free throws and following a charity toss from Eagles’ forward Antoine Davis, AU’s Chandler Hash drained back-to-back 3-pointers to lift the lead back to 76-62 with less than five minutes left.
 
Anderson held a 36-34 rebounding edge and outshot the Eagles, 45.8 percent to 42.4 percent on the afternoon. The 11 treys marked the fifth time this season that Anderson tallied double figures from long range.

Jones paced the Trojans with 17 points, while Hash added 13 points off the bench. A trio of seniors – Trull, Tyrell McDowell and Stephen Cobb each netted 12 points, with McDowell narrowly missing his first double-double of the season, recording a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Trull also handed out a career-best five assists. Senior Jo’el Lamb garnered seven boards in the winning effort.   

Davis scored a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds for Carson-Newman, with Corbin Jackson chipping in 13 points and seven boards.

The Trojans close the first half of their league double round robin slate at Wingate on Wednesday. Tip-off versus the Bulldogs is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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