published Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Crusaders win USCAA opener and other sports news

Tennessee Temple edged third-seeded Victory 73-70 in overtime as the USCAA Division I men's national basketball tournament began Wednesday in Uniontown, Pa. Honorable mention All-American Elliot Johnson sparked an 11-0 Temple spurt from a 53-43 deficit and totaled 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Travaris Clarke added 12 points. Second-team All-American Jarrett Smith had 11 reobunds, six assists and five steals for the Crusaders (20-11), who play a semifinal at 10 tonight. Temple's Amanda Rector was a second-team women's All-American; Angel Foster received honorable mention.

• The Chattanooga State and Cleveland State men's basketball teams lost Wednesday in the TCCAA/Region VII tournament hosted by Roane State. Top-seeded Columbia State beat Chattanooga State 89-76 behind 31 points from T.J. Dunans, 17 points and three blocks from Matt Smith and 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists from Justin Pride. Dajion Williams and Demetrius Kitchens led the Tigers (13-14) with 12 points each, while Orlandis Jackson had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Lindsey Hunter also scored 10. Fourth seed Motlow beat Cleveland State 78-68 with Dequon Miller and Tre'Von James teaming for 47 points. The Cougars' leader was Keevin Tyus with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Robert Brandon scored 12 and Travis Wildgoose had 11.

• Sewanee freshman Jorden Williams from McCallie School was voted to the All-Southern Athletic Association men's basketball second team, and Tigers sophomore Keshonn Carter received honorable mention. Williams finished third in the SAA with 16.1 points a game and first in free-throw percentage at .886, while Carter averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. Sewanee's Jamie Chauvin and Paige Lowe earned All-SAA women's honorable mention after averaging 12.3 and 10.4 points. Lowe also had the league's best free-throw percentage, .860.

Baseball

• The Lee University baseball team lost 9-5 to visiting Campbellsville on Wednesday, but Josh Silver was 3-for-5 and Andres Nelo was 2-for-3 in defeat, each with an RBI. Silver doubled twice for the Flames (12-6).

n Tennessee Wesleyan bounced back from a 9-1 loss to Faulkner with a 5-2 win Wednesday in NAIA baseball. Matt Malloy was 2-for-3 with a home run in the first game and had one of the RBIs for TWC in game two, when K.J. Hockaday batted in two runs, David Donald scored two and pitchers Tyler Wilson and Brandon Landrie combined on a three-hitter, Wilson with 12 strikeouts.

• Justin Morhardt and Preston King homered as Bryan College beat visiting Shawnee State 5-4 in a Tuesday night baseball game scheduled after the Lions' trip to Cumberland was called off. Chad Burrows was the winning pitcher with one innning of relief from L.J. Rowden and a two-inning save from Kenny Knudsen.

Softball

• The Lee University softball team split a doubleheader Wednesday at Bryan College, winning 5-3 in nine innings before losing 2-1. Bryan (7-8), trailing 1-0 in the nightcap, got a bases-loaded walk from Katie Vaughn with none out in the seventh inning, followed by an RBI single from Olivia Gore, who finished 3-for-4. Katelyn Bowen was 2-for-3 with a double and scored the winning run. Sarah Hundley was the winning pitcher. Kirstie Jennings and Heidi Daniel were each 2-for-4 for Bryan in the first game and Jill Davis had a single and totaled two RBIs.

• Chattanooga State won 10-8 and lost 3-2 in junior college softball Wednesday at Georgia Perimeter. Winning pitcher Sharlene Godoy was 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Lady Tigers (21-3) in the first game, when Emily Dagnan was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. Baylee Williams homered and Lindsey Stickrod was 3-for-4 with a run in game two; Hanna Manley took a tough pitching loss with Chatt State stranding 12 runners.

• Hurt by errors, Cleveland State lost 9-8 and 5-4 in softball Tuesday at Snead State. The Lady Cougars (4-12) led 8-3 in the first game before losing, as Sara O'Rear had RBI hits in back-to-back four-run innings and Emily Huston blasted a home run. Perry Hindi had a two-run homer in game two.

Golf

• Sewanee sophomore Emily Javadi from Chattanooga and Baylor School tied for fourth place with a 36-hole 155 in the Coosa Invitational golf tournament Monday and Tuesday in Rome, Ga., and teammate Alison Eleey tied for ninth at 158 with a second-day 76. Sewanee's Jenna King tied for 21st at 167.

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