The Eastern Maine Golden Eagles travelled to Randolph Center Sunday sporting a 19-2 record and holding first place in the YSCC with a 12-1 conference record. The Golden Eagles have held the #1 national ranking in the last three USCAA Coaches Polls. The Knights saw the opportunity and seized it. Senior Kevin Carr led his teammates to a 71-54 upset win over EM.
Kevin Carr put his personal stamp on this victory. Carr opened the game with two long distance 3's to help establish an early lead. He hit a three as the clock expired in the first half to extend the Knights lead to 31-25. He hit another timely three as the shot clock was about to expire with just under two minutes to play to put the Knights up by 14 and seal the victory. Carr finished the game with 28 points, hitting 10 of 17 shots from the floor, 6 of 10 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 2 of 2 from the foul line. Carr also held All American Thelbert Green to a mere nine points.
Carr's stellar performance was well supported by his teammates. Freshman Lucal Dutil hit 6 of 13 shots for 14 points. Junior Jhason Clark hit his first double double of the season, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Lindsey garnered 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Alex Tyrrell, saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, nailed 8 points and added 5 assists.
"Great win," said Coach John Dyer after the game. "EM is a solid team this year. Coach Steve Rich has used his Florida connections to put together one really tough squad. I think their top seven players are Floridians. They play really well together. Anytime you have five guys average in double figures, you are looking at a formidable opponent. I think our guys played with the needed intensity today. Kevin was Kevin. He played a complete game. Jhason Clark was a difference maker today. He played his best game by far. Our guys proved to themselves today that they belong among the top teams in the conference and the USCAA. This team has had to re-invent itself mid season after losing some critical players. I like the way they are coming together. We're looking forward to our conference tournament."
The Knights are now 16-11 on the season and 9-7 in the YSCC.