Fall Frosty Awards Nominees: Comeback of the Year

From now until Jan. 2, the Carson-Newman Athletic Communications Department will debut the Frosty Award nominees for the fall semester.  These are the fall nominees for Comeback of the Year. Sasturday, we'll unveil the candidates for Male Performance of the Year. 

The fifth annual Frosty Awards will take place in early May and honor athletic excellence in Carson-Newman's athletic department. 


Comeback of the Year

Volleyball v. Anderson

In the South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinals at Holt Fieldhouse on Nov. 17, Carson-Newman was on the ropes against regular season champion Anderson. Down 20-13 in the fourth set on the brink of elimination, fourth-seeded Carson-Newman scored 12 of the final 13 points before posting a .529 attack percentage in the fifth set to upend top-seeded Anderson 18-25, 25-22, 12-25, 25-21 and 15-10. Dave Franklin's team never trailed in the fifth set starting the game off on a 5-1 spurt. Back-to-back smashes from Marnie Streeter sealed a semifinal win for the Eagles. Offensively, Streeter had the best night of her career pounding out a career-high 24 kills while picking up 10 digs. Anna Patton handed out 43 assists with seven digs and two rejections while Morgan Ballard had 26 scoops.

Men's Basketball vs. King

Carson-Newman got a dagger from the head of the key from Mason Bates (Cookeville, Tenn.) in the final seconds to propel the Eagles to a riveting 92-91 win over King in mid-November at Holt Fieldhouse. King utilized a pair of 7-0 first-half runs to push the lead out to 12 in the first half, 28-16 with 9:39 to play in the opening frame following a Mack Owens layup. Carson-Newman slowly whittled the lead down to seven by halftime, then exploded out of the gates in the second half with an 8-0 run.  Carson-Newman grabbed its first lead since the opening minutes with threes from Charles Clark(Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Cameron Holmes (Fort Mill, S.C.) not even four minutes into the second half.  The Eagles stretched the lead out to eight, 76-68 with 8:41 to play off a 5-0 burst and a trey from Clark and a drive from Grant Teichmann (Brentwood, Tenn.). The buckets capped a string of 10 straight possessions for the Eagles that resulted in made buckets.  The down side was that King was making its shots too, and stayed near step-for-step with the Eagles. When Carson-Newman did go cold, it went four minutes without making a shot while King went on a 9-0 run to take an 83-80 lead with 4:30 to play.  The Eagles found themselves down four with 1:05 to play after a Je'Don Young 10-foot jumper from the right side of the lane. The Eagles called for time with 52 seconds remaining to draw up a play.  It wound up in a give-and-go for Clark and Bates.  Bates did the giving and Clark did the going as the former knifed down the right side of the lane and looped in a left-handed shot to pull C-N within two.  The Eagles got the stop they needed on the other end.  Mack Owens missed a baseline jumper and Shaun Jones(Lawrenceville, Ga.) ripped down his sixth rebound before getting the ball into the forecourt to Clark.  Clark drew a triple team, leaving Bates wide open at the top of the key to provide the heroics.  The junior calmly nailed the three-ball with 2.2 seconds left.  A last second heave from Jordan Floyd was off the mark for King and the Eagles improved to 4-0 for a second consecutive year.

Football at L-R

Carson-Newman dominated the stats sheet in the first half, but it was Lenoir-Rhyne who had the lead on the Eagles at the halftime break.  It marked the first time this season that Carson-Newman trailed at halftime. Lenoir-Rhyne had a 28-21 lead on the Eagles heading into the fourth quarter before C-N commandeered the game. The Eagles then rattled off 21 unanswered to win it running away.  Evans brought the Eagles even with 13:45 to play on a one-yard QB sneak, then gave C-N the lead with 9:12 to go following a seven-play, 61 yard drive with another one-yard run. The Eagles put the exclamation mark on the game with an eight-play, 50-yard drive that ended in Evans' record-tying touchdown and 3:28 on the fourth quarter clock.

Women's Basketball v. North Georgia

C-N faced its largest deficit of the season to date against the Nighthawks on Nov. 17 when the school was behind by 12 points at 45-33 two minutes into the second quarter. With 3:44 to go before the break, C-N trailed by eight at 41-33 before going on a 10-2 spurt to knot the score. The Lady Eagles went into the locker room down by two at 47-45. Haris Price and Briana Smith scored 34 of Carson-Newman's 49 second-half points to lead the Eagles to a 94-90 victory.

Men's Basketball v. L-R

Down 17 with 15:10 to play in the second half to Lenoir-Rhyne, Carson-Newman needed a spark. The Eagles got it on the defensive in with a six minute stretch where the Bears didn't convert a field goal.  C-N rattled off a 22-6 run before closing out with a 90-83 win over the Bears at Holt Fieldhouse.   The 17-point comeback is tied for the third largest comeback in school history.  The Eagles also rallied from a 17-point deficit for the program's 1,000th win against Lees-McRae in 2012 for a 69-63 triumph over the Bobcats.  The Eagles had 21-point comebacks against Newberry (2014) and North Greenville (2007) for the largest comebacks in school history.



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