NEWBERRY, S.C. – St. Andrews junior guard Clarence Ferguson (Miami, Fla.) was 9-for-17 from the floor, including 3-for-6 behind the arc in a St. Andrews College 79-76 road win at Newberry College Wednesday night in Eleazer Arena in men’s basketball action.
The Knights (1-2) scored 53 points in the second half and had to make a late rally to take the lead with just under four minutes to go to secure the road win, their first of the season.
Newberry (0-1) shot 46.8 percent (29-for-62) in the game, but committed 11 turnovers in the second half to take the season-opening loss.
The Indians jumped out to 10 point lead by the halfway point of the first half, but St. Andrews made an 11-0 run in the next four minutes to get a one-point lead on a three-pointer by junior guard Justice Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Newberry finished out the first half with a 12-3 stretch, capped by a pair of trifectas by guards Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) and Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.). Newberry led 34-26 at the half, holding St. Andrews to just 25.7 percent (9-for-35) shooting in the first frame. The Knights were just two of 12 from long distance in the first half.
The second half went Newberry’s way for the first two minutes, as the Indians built an 11-point margin. St. Andrews answered with a 12-7 run to cut the lead to five just three minutes later, but Newberry kept the lead in that range until Ferguson hit five straight points to give the Knights a two-point lead at the halfway point of half two.
The two teams forced four ties over the next six minutes until the Knights took the lead for good on two free throws by guard Mike Smith (Washington, D.C.) with 3:54 to go in regulation. Guard Ashford Gray (Charlotte, N.C.) then forced a steal and scored on a lay-up to grab a four-point margin on the next trip up the floor.
Newberry got the game to one-point on a three-pointer by senior guard Marcus Cheeks (Newberry, S.C.), but Gray hit a pair of free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining and the Indians could not hit their last-second three-point attempt.
Graham added 18 points for the Knights, while Ferguson grabbed nine rebounds.
Newberry’s Rashaad Carter (North Charleston, S.C.) also scored 23 points and grabbed nine boards for the Indians, while Moses chipped in 13 points.
St. Andrews travels to UNC Pembroke a week from Saturday to take on the Braves in an 8 p.m. contest. Newberry hosts NAIA school Southern Wesleyan University this Saturday at 4 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
St. Andrews College vs Newberry College
11/19/03 7:30 p.m. at Newberry, S.C. (Eleazer Arena)
ST. ANDREWS COLLEGE 79, NEWBERRY COLLEGE 76
ST. ANDREWS COLLEGE (1-2)
Ferguson, Clarence 9-17 2-5 23; Graham, Justice 7-16 3-3 18; Smith, Mike 4-8 6-7 14; Truesdale, David 2-7 2-4 8; Andrew, Hazael 2-6 2-2 6; Gray, Ashford 1-1 2-2 4; Williams, Rommie 1-4 0-0 3; Smith, Roshon 1-3 0-0 2; Akinosho, Matt 0-4 1-3 1; Livingston, Will 0-2 0-0 0.
Totals 27-68 18-26 79.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (0-1)
Carter, Rashaad 10-18 2-2 23; Moses, Brandon 5-8 2-2 13; Dease, Michael 2-9 2-3 8; Hooker, Ben 3-4 1-3 7; Cheeks, Marcus 3-5 0-0 7; Hampton, David 2-5 1-2 5; Burke, Tommy 2-6 0-0 5; Howell, Adam 1-1 1-1 3; Reese, Brian 1-6 0-0 3.
Totals 29-62 11-15 76.
St. Andrews College........... 26 53 - 79
Newberry College.............. 34 42 - 76
3-point goals-St. Andrews College 7-23 (Ferguson, Clarence 3-6; Truesdale, David 2-5; Williams, Rommie 1-4; Graham, Justice 1-6; Smith, Mike 0-2), Newberry College 7-22 (Dease, Michael 2-6; Carter, Rashaad 1-3; Cheeks, Marcus 1-2; Reese, Brian 1-5; Moses, Brandon 1-2; Burke, Tommy 1-4). Fouled out--St. Andrews College-Akinosho, Matt, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-St.
Andrews College 36 (Ferguson, Clarence 9), Newberry College 42 (Carter, Rashaad 9). Assists-St. Andrews College 10 (Graham, Justice 4), Newberry College 18 (Cheeks, Marcus 5; Hooker, Ben 5).
Total fouls-St. Andrews College 18, Newberry College 21. A-356