NEWBERRY, S.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne used a balanced attack, placing four starters in double figures, to defeat Newberry College, 72-47, Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena. Senior Ryan Pitts (Baltimore, Md.) played a complete game for the visitors, recording 11 points and 13 rebounds, and using his 6’9” presence to severely limit Newberry’s inside game.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-3, 2-0 South Atlantic) broke open a 29-23 halftime lead by outscoring the Indians 20-5 over seven minutes. During that span, junior Roman Davis (Greensboro, N.C.) scored 10 of his game-high 20 points, blocked a shot, and had a slam dunk. Pitts also dunked once and blocked a shot during the spurt, and added five points of his own. Newberry (5-8, 0-2 South Atlantic) would get no closer than 14 points to the defending SAC champion.
Freshman Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) was the only Indian in double figures, scoring 10 and also pacing his squad in rebounds with seven. Lenoir-Rhyne’s Rashad Price (Charlotte, N.C.) and Randy Mauldin (Albemarle, N.C.) added 10 points each.
Newberry challenged early in the contest, even leading 7-0 out of the gate, before 11 straight Bear points erased an 18-11 deficit, tied the game, and then gave Lenoir-Rhyne the lead for good.
“I’ve got to give Lenoir-Rhyne credit: they executed and did what they wanted to do,” Newberry head coach David Conrady said after the game. “We knew Roman Davis, freshman of the year two years ago and tournament MVP last year, would be a big part of their game plan. In the first half, we were successful in trying to keep the ball out of his hands. In the second half, they worked the ball, going inside and outside, and when the perimeter shooters were converting, it opened up the inside for him.
“I felt like we had a good start; we were sharp, and we played our game. In the long run, we didn’t get much from the post or the free throw line, and couldn’t stick to our plan.”
Newberry seeks its first conference win Saturday, playing host to Wingate at 4 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts the Pioneers of Tusculum College at the same time.