JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Mars Hill College closed the game on a 22-9 run to rally from a late four-point deficit and top the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles, 87-78, on Wednesday night in Holt Fieldhouse.
The Lions scored on five straight possessions to rally from a 69-65 deficit with 4:26 to play, sending C-N to its fourth consecutive South Atlantic Conference loss.
With the win, Mars Hill improves to 9-6 overall and 3-4 in SAC play. C-N falls to 8-7 and 2-5 in league play.
A normally stingy C-N defense broke down late as the Lions made four straight field goals to grab the lead late.
Mars Hill's Ansley Ricker hit a pair of three-pointers and Amanda Booker put back her own missed layup to fuel the late run with an 8-0 spurt.
Ricker carried Mars Hill with her long-range shooting. She made 4-of-7 three pointers and finished with 18 points. As a team, Mars Hill shot 43 percent (9-of-21) from three-point range.
Mars Hill took a two-point lead at the half behind a hot shooting first half. The Lions hit 13-of-27 shots from the floor, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, to shoot 48 percent for the half and take a 35-33 lead into the locker room.
Mars Hill took advantage at the free throw line, shooting 82 percent (22-of-27) as a team. C-N shot just 53 percent (16-of-30). Tyler Carson made all 10 of her attempts at the line and had a game high 23 points.
Booker added 18 points and five rebounds for the Lions.
Carson-Newman shot 46 percent from the floor, but was undone by its poor free throw shooting and 25 turnovers.
Carson-Newman returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Anderson (S.C.) in South Atlantic Conference action. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. in Jefferson City.