Johnson University                  82

Welch College                         57

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Crown College                         74

Welch College                         53

February 24, 2014.   The Flames lost a pair of Mid-East Region games over the weekend to close out their regular season.  Friday, they lost to Johnson University 82-57 and on Saturday, they lost to The Crown College, 74-53.

On Friday, rebounding was the problem for the Flames as the Royals out-rebounded the hosts, 41-21.  Saturday, it was poor shooting that did Welch College in, shooting just 34% from the field.

But, the games were not without some Flame highlights.  Friday night Carson Outlaw went on a scoring rampage, going six for nine from the floor in the second half to tally 31 points for the game.  Lim Chol chipped in 17 points.  It was also the season debut for senior Jake Manning who was just cleared to play earlier in the week.

Saturday’s game provided some additional incentive for the Flames, as all middle Tennessee alums were invited to come, watch WC’s final home game, and reminisce with fellow alums.

It was Chol’s day to shine as the 6’5” center shot 65% from the floor and 75% from the line to score a career-high 32 points.  He also grabbed 10 rebounds.  Tim Hutchinson pulled down 12 rebounds for the Flames to go along with his nine points.

“This has been a tough season with injuries and academic issues,” said Coach Nathan Willhite.  “But, I am really proud of the way these guys continued to fight.  They never gave up.”

Welch travels to Kentucky Christian University for the Mid-East Region tournament this Thursday through Saturday, February 27-March 1.

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