NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College scorched the nets with 61% three-point shooting, defeating Wingate University, 101-81, Saturday at Eleazer Arena. No current player on the Indian roster had ever defeated the Bulldogs prior to today, as Newberry celebrates its first win over the South Atlantic Conference foe since February 21, 1998.
Newberry (6-8, 1-2 SAC) set another milestone today, scoring 100 or more points for the first time in 11 years. The last time the squad reached the century mark was in a home thriller over Alabama-Huntsville, winning 102-101. Today’s loss was the fifth in six games for Wingate (4-11, 1-2 SAC).
Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) was unstoppable, missing only one shot all night, and scoring 19 points on 5-for-6 three point shooting. Brian Reese (Goose Creek, S.C.) found the range on three of Newberry’s 14 treys, scoring nine points. Rashaad Carter (North Charleston, S.C.), Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.), and Michael Deese (Bennettsville, S.C.) each hit two three-pointers. Carter’s 25 points paced the Indians, followed by Moses’ and Burke’s 19 apiece.
Bulldog Steven Mims (Fayetteville, N.C.) scored six of his team-high 16 points in a back-and-forth first half that saw four lead changes. Keenan Dunn (Charlotte, N.C.), Chris Ransome (Plymouth, N.C.), and Brian Grier (Charlotte, N.C.) contributed double-figure scoring in the losing cause, notching 14, 12, and 12 respectively.
Newberry held a shaky 49-43 lead at halftime over the visitors and allowed Wingate to trim the margin to two points twice. A Dunn three-pointer with 2:12 left in the second period cut the lead to 89-81, and marked the last basket that Wingate would score. Forced to foul, the Bulldogs could only watch as the Indians converted 10 of 11 free throws and a Moses layup to record the last 12 points of the game.
“Tonight’s win was really big for us,” head coach David Conrady said. “We must do a good job at home with the conference stretch coming up. We really had everyone step up tonight.”
“During the week, I turned shooting over to Coach [Zeb] Reid, and the guys are really responding. I was really impressed with Tommy Burke tonight,” Conrady said of his freshman guard who shot 89% from the floor (6-for-7 field goals plus 2-for-2 foul shooting).
Newberry next plays at Greeneville, Tenn. against Tusculum College Wednesday night at 8 p.m. At the same time, Wingate travels to Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.