|Daniel Carr drives Queens to Division II regional final|
|Career-high 33 points in 96-93 win vs. Catawba|
|Published Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:36 pm|
Daniel Carr carried Queens through the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional semifinals.
The junior guard scored a career-high 33 points Sunday in the Royals’ 96-93 win against No. 4 Catawba (25-8) at Curry Arena. No. 1 Queens (30-4) will host No. 2 Augusta (28-5) in the regional final on March 19 at 7 p.m.
“Daniel Carr was the absolute best player on the floor,” Royals coach Bart Lundy said.
Nearly half of Carr’s points came from three-pointers. He shot a game-high 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, tying his career-high. Carr and junior guard Van Turner Jr. combined for 8-of-12 from three-point range. The Royals shot 8-of-14, a vast change from their first round season-low 2-of-18 from beyond the arc. Carr and Turner made the Royals’ only two threes in that game.
“Daniel is a great player,” said Turner, who scored 11 points. “He’s one of our leaders. I put all my trust in him. I came here on my visit, he welcomed me with open arms, and it’s been nothing but love ever since I got here. Whatever he wants to do, I’m behind him 100 percent.”
Lundy played Carr at point guard alongside freshman Jermaine Patterson for over half of the game. The Royals did not trail during against the Indians.
“He really does float to a bunch of positions,” Lundy said. “As soon as somebody hits a couple shots, we put him on them defensively. He understands everything we’re doing. He’s like an extension of me on the floor, but way tougher than I am. He slid over to point for a while tonight, and that helped us get Jameel Taylor [the Catawba guard who scored 23 points] in foul trouble.”
Carr’s contributions at point made him invaluable against the Indians, despite freshman Kenny Dye starting there. Lundy moved Carr to shooting guard during the regular season, playing Dye alongside him in the backcourt at point. Carr does not care where Lundy asks him to play.
“I’m comfortable helping my team win,” Carr said. “Whatever that entails, I’m going to do it, and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, with a lot of heart and a lot of toughness. That’s what we preach every day.”
Said Lundy: “Our young guys really stepped up. Kenny and Jermaine—those two freshmen guards have really added a lot, and they’ve developed and matured to where they can handle these end-of-game situations.”
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