GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Brad Hawks scored 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting to lead Tusculum College to a 92-61 South Atlantic Conference win over Newberry College Wednesday night at Alpine Arena. The Pioneers, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region, improve their record 12-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Newberry falls to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in SAC.
Tusculum shot 53.6 percent from the floor, while shooting 10-for-19 from three-point territory (52.6%). The Pioneers limited the Indians to 30.8 percent shooting for the game, including 22.2 percent in the opening period as Tusculum led 42-22 at the break.
Junior Bobby Ewing led the three-point barrage shooting 6-for-9 from beyond the arc for his 18 points. Sophomore Douglas Tshomba poured in 11 points off the bench, while junior Drew Harmon scored eight points and dished out six of Tusculum's 26 assists.
Newberry was led by senior guard Rashaad Carter's double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Hawks got the Pioneers started making his first six shots from the field as opened the game with a 24-8 run capped off by Greg McIntosh's three-point play at the 10:19 mark of the first period. Newberry trimmed the deficit to 26-13 following a pair of free throws from Tymere Zimmerman, but TC mounted a 10-0 spurt and following Hawks sixth straight field goal, the Pioneers led 36-13 before settling for a 20-point lead heading into the halftime.
In the second half, Newberry went on a 5-0 run thanks to a Brandon Moses' three-pointer and two free throws from Carter to trim the TC advantage to 59-44. But Tusculum responded with a 14-3 run as the Pioneers put the game out of reach.
Zimmerman finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Brian Reese accounted for eight markers for the Tribe.
The Pioneers return to action Saturday night when they travel to Jefferson City to face arch-rival Carson-Newman College for an 8 p.m. tip-off at Holt Field House. Newberry is back in action on Saturday when they host Catawba College for a 4 p.m. contest at Eleazer Arena.