Dixon Turns in Career Night to Carry Eagles to 77-73 Victory Over North Georgia
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Senior guard Jordan Dixon
(Clinton, Tenn.) scored a career-high 30 points to lead the
Carson-Newman men’s basketball team to a 77-73 victory over
North Georgia on Saturday afternoon in game four of the Dick
Campbell Memorial Classic at Holt Fieldhouse.
Dixon was 11-of-17 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and he knocked down all seven of his free throw attempts in the win.
With the victory, the Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season. North Georgia falls to 3-3 overall.
C-N bounced back from a poor shooting performance on Friday to make 48.2 percent (27-of-56) of its field goal attempts, including a 5-for-10 effort from 3-point range.
North Georgia shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) on the night and made 11 of its 25 attempts from behind the arc.
North Georgia held a decisive advantage on the boards by outrebounding C-N 48-26, with 22 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Eagles won the turnover battle by forcing 27 Saints turnovers while giving the ball up 17 times.
Junior guard J.J. Wesley (Mobile, Ala.) fired in 18 points for the Eagles, including four 3-pointers. Darron Maxtion (Huntsville, Ala.) chipped in eight points, and Quinche Dowdell (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) added seven points and grabbed a team-high nine boards in the win.
Michael Moynihan and Carl Taylor poured in 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Saints. Both Moynihan and Taylor knocked down five 3-pointers. Bernard Rimmer pitched in 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
The Eagles held a 38-35 lead with 1:19 left in the first half, but Taylor drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 38-38 with 58 seconds remaining.
Moynihan then knocked down a three with one second left on the clock to give North Georgia a 41-38 lead heading into the locker room.
C-N stormed back in the second half and went on a 22-10 run capped off by a 3-point play from Dixon that gave the Eagles a 60-51 advantage.
However, the Saints kept their composure and fought back to trim C-N’s lead to 75-73 on a 3-point play by Moynihan with 19 seconds left in regulation.
But Dixon sank a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the win.
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday at Maryville College. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.