JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman Eagles shot 54.0 percent from the field and 55.0 percent from three-point land to out-shoot the Newberry Wolves in a 98-76 C-N win in Holt Fieldhouse on Saturday.
With the loss, Newberry falls to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference entering a two-game homestand next week against Wingate on Wednesday and Catawba on Saturday.
Brandon Riley led Newberry with 16 points, while Mitch Riggs scored 14 and Quayshun Hawkins scored 13. Aegir Steinarsson had six assists and a team-high six rebounds.
Carson-Newman was paced by 27 points from Antoine Davis, who was 7-of-10 from three-point land. Ish Sanders scored 20 points, Jared Johnson had 17 and Cody Henegar had 14.
Newberry shot 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the floor and 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from three-point land, but were mainly done in by 46 points in the paint by the Eagles.
After a tight opening, C-N broke open a 12-all tie with a 9-0 run capped by Carson Brooks’ dunk to make it 21-12 with 13:45 left in the first half. By the 6:58 mark, the Wolves had whittled the lead down to two points on a layup from Dondray Walker, but could not grab the lead. The Eagles took a 42-36 lead into the break, with the first half seeing three ties and six lead changes early.
Newberry quickly cut the lead to two points in the early stages of the second half with the first four points, but the hosts responded with an 8-0 run to grab a 50-40 lead at the 15:55 mark. A three-point play by Riley at the 14:38 mark brought the deficit back down to three points for the Wolves, but seven straight Eagle points put their lead in double figures for the rest of the night. C-N consistently pulled away thanks to hot shooting on the way to the 22-point final margin.