NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College guard Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) was 4-for-8 from three-point range and scored a game-high 21 points, including six in overtime to beat the Lees-McRae Bobcats Tuesday night in NCAA men’s basketball action in Eleazer Arena. The contest was the season opener for the Bobcats, while Newberry notches its first win of the season in its third try.
The Indians (1-2) chased the Bobcats (0-1) for the majority of regulation. The Bobcats and Indians had four ties in the first four minutes, but Lees-McRae started a lead on a three-pointer by guard Jermaine Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) five minutes into the contest. The Bobcats led for the remainder of the half, pushing the margin to as much as ten once, but Dease nailed a three to cut the lead to seven with just under seven minutes remaining in the half.
Dease nailed another three with 2:18 left in the half to cut the lead to three, but Lees-McRae guard Aaron Dugger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) hit another three to make the halftime lead six.
Newberry once again played from behind in the second half, finally getting a two-point lead on another three-pointer, this one by forward Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.) six minutes into the second frame. The Indians held a slim lead until the 10-minute mark, when Dugger hit another trifecta to give the Bobcats a one-point margin.
The teams traded the lead once more, but Newberry grabbed a four-point edge with six and a half minutes to go on a tip-in by forward Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.).
The Bobcats whittled the lead down to one, missed two shots in the last 30 seconds and tied the game on a scrambling jumper by center Lester Harbin (Southfield, Mich.) with three seconds to go. Newberry was unable to connect on the other end, forcing the extra period.
The Indians scored the first seven points in overtime, including a three by guard Brian Reese (Goose Creek, S.C.) en route to an 18-7 overtime period and the win.
Newberry shot 54.5 percent (30-for-55) from the floor, the best output of the season, including 10-for-20 from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats were held to just 32.9 percent shooting (24-for-73), including 11-for-40 from three-point range (27.5 percent). Lees-McRae was led by junior forward Antwon Brown (Gary, Ind.), who scored 20 points and hit five three-pointers. Harbin was a rebounding machine with the team’s first double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Newberry had four players in double figures, including a pair of double-doubles by forward Rashaad Carter (North Charleston, S.C.), who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and center Adam Howell (Seneca, S.C.) with 12 points and 11 boards.
Lees-McRae travels to Mars Hill, N.C. to battle the Lions in Stanford Arena Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Indians travel to Greenwood, S.C. this weekend for the Peach Belt / South Atlantic Conference Clash as Newberry and Presbyterian College take on USC Aiken and Lander University. Newberry plays host Lander Friday night at 8 p.m. following PC/USCA and takes on Aiken Saturday night at 6 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
Lees-McRae College vs Newberry College
11/25/03 7:30 p.m. at Newberry, S.C. (Eleazer Arena)
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 82, LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE 71
LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE (0-1)
Brown, Antwon 6-16 3-3 20; Harbin, Lester 6-12 2-5 14; Johnson, Jermaine 4-14 1-4 11; Dugger, Aaron 3-15 2-2 11; Ramseur, Tyreek 2-5 2-2 6; McGowan, Jeff 1-5 2-2 4; Zellers, Shawn 1-2 0-0 3; Williams, Henerey 1-1 0-2 2; Wright, Channing 0-1 0-0 0; Buchanan, David 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-73 12-20 71.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (1-2)
Dease, Michael 6-13 5-6 21; Carter, Rashaad 8-11 0-0 16; Moses, Brandon 6-11 0-0 16; Howell, Adam 4-8 4-6 12; Reese, Brian 2-3 0-0 6; Hooker, Ben 1-1 3-4 5; Frasier, Elijah 1-1 0-0 2; Hubbard, Robert 1-3 0-1 2; Burke, Tommy 1-2 0-0 2; Coleman, Reggie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 12-17 82.
Lees-McRae College............ 36 28 7 - 71
Newberry College.............. 30 34 18 - 82
3-point goals-Lees-McRae College 11-40 (Brown, Antwon 5-9; Duggar, Aaron 3-14; Johnson, Jermaine 2-10; Zellers, Shawn 1-2; Buchanan, David 0-1; McGowan, Jeff 0-3; Ramseur, Tyreek 0-1), Newberry College 10-20 (Moses, Brandon 4-8; Dease, Michael 4-9; Reese, Brian 2-3). Fouled out--Lees-McRae College-None, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-Lees-McRae College 40 (Harbin, Lester 15), Newberry College 43 (Howell, Adam 11). Assists-Lees-McRae
College 6 (Johnson, Jermaine 2; Brown, Antwon 2), Newberry College 13 (Hooker, Ben 3; Dease, Michael 3). Total fouls-Lees-McRae College 19, Newberry College 20. A-188