Former Carroll County standout Gunnar Beamer is off to a great start to his sophomore campaign at Tusculum College, including a career-high 17 points Nov. 19 against Bluefield State.
Beamer, a 2014 graduate of Carroll County High School, has started all five games for the Pioneers his sophomore season, helping lead Tusculum to a 4-1 start. The 5-10, 155-pound guard came up huge for his team in an 89-81 win over Bluefield State as he keyed a late 14-4 run to help the Pioneers capture the victory.
A pair of late Beamer free throws tied the game at 75-all and he later added a layup to tie the game again in the final minutes. Beamer shot 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 3-pointers, and made 4-of-5 free throws to finish with a career-high 17 points. He also added four rebounds and an assist in the victory.
For the season, Beamer is averaging 6.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1 assist per contest for the Pioneers. Last year as a freshman, the Carroll native started nine games and appeared in 26 contests, averaging 2.4 points and 1.5 assists per game.
At Carroll County, Beamer earned first-team All-Conference 24 honors and second-team All-Region 4-A North honors as a senior. He was also a key cog in the Cavaliers’ Region IV championship his junior season in 2013, the first regional title for Carroll in 33 years. That team won 24 games, tying a CCHS school record.
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