CRC falls to Tennessee Tech in Pioneers first game vs. D1 opponent

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Charles Newton scored a career-high 23

points and Tennessee Tech routed Crowley's Ridge College 106-44

Thursday night.

For the first 13:39, Tennessee Tech had a harder time than might

have been expected in a game against the visitors from northeast

Arkansas, who play in the National Christian College Athletic

Association. The Golden Eagles led 28-20, then outscored the

Pioneers 23-2 over the next five minutes and led 52-25 at halftime.

Tennessee Tech dominated inside, outrebounding Crowley's Ridge

50-29 and outscoring the Pioneers 58-6 in the paint. The Golden

Eagles (5-6) shot 61.4 percent from the field for the game (43 of

70), while the Pioneers (5-7) shot 32.1 percent (18 of 56) and made

only 3 of 17 free-throw attempts.

Kevin Murphy had 19 points for Tennessee Tech and Liam McMorrow

added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Quentin Franks' 10 points led Crowley's Ridge.