NEWBERRY, S.C. - Phenomenal second-half Newberry shooting pulled Newberry College out of a four-point halftime hole in grand fashion, leading the Indians to a 77-67 victory over the Eagles of Carson-Newman College Wednesday night in men's basketball action at Eleazer Arena. Senior guard Rashaad Carter (N. Charleston, S.C.) poured in a season-high 29 points on 13-for-17 shooting to lead Newberry (8-9, 3-3 SAC) to its third conference win in four tries.
"Rashaad is fun to watch," noted Newberry head coach David Conrady in the postgame interview. "He let the game come to him. This was a total team effort in which our kids played their hearts out."
Seven straight Indian points midway through the second half turned a one-point lead into a 57-49 edge. Newberry extended its lead to double digits for the first time at 66-55 with 6:49 remaining on a Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) three-pointer. Sixty-three percent shooting in the second half sealed the Newberry win; the Indians only missed 12 shots of any sort in the period, and rebounded four of those misses.
Carson-Newman (9-8, 2-4 South Atlantic) owned advantages of superior 55.2% shooting and a two-rebound edge to pull away to a 40-36 score after a half that noted seven ties. The Eagles showed a balanced attack, spreading their first-half scoring around to eight players, Todd Lucas (Eustis, Fla.) leading the way with nine at that point.
C-N's leading scorer, Ishmail Simmons (Atlanta, Ga.) popped three second-half treys, all from the right side of the court on his way to 17 points. Lucas and Terrell Turner (Ft. Payne, Ala.) also scored in double digits with 11 each, but were largely ineffective in the final period, scoring only six between them.
Carter's offensive performance was only three points shy of a career-best 32, scored 11 months ago at Eleazer against Wingate. The all-conference guard led all rebounders tonight with eight. Newberry's only other double-figure scorer, Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.), found the range on all four of his trifectas and both free throws to finish with 18 points. However, every Indian on the court performed a vital role in the win, statistical or otherwise.
"Tymere [Zimmerman] really brought a great deal of energy into the game," said Conrady. "David [Hampton] did a great job inside, and was a big part in keeping them off the boards. This is a big week; we have an opportunity to separate ourselves from the pack." Five teams were tied for third place in the conference coming into tonight's game.
Newberry faces archrival Presbyterian Saturday afternoon, while Carson-Newman tries to stop a three-game skid at Catawba. Both games are slated to begin at 4 p.m.
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Newspaper Box Score
C-N vs Newberry College
01/28/04 8 p.m. at Newberry, S.C. (Eleazer Arena)
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 77, C-N 67
Carson-Newman (9-8, 2-4 SAC)
Ishmail Simmons 6-15 0-0 17; Terell Turner 4-6 3-3 11; Todd Lucas 5-9 1-3 11; Larry Coleman 2-6 4-6 8; Braun Dabbs 3-7 0-0 8; Jonathan Martin 2-3 2-5 6; Anthony Jones 2-5 0-0 4; Rob Love 1-1 0-0 2; Marquise Foster 0-3 0-0 0; Amonzo Gantt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 10-17 67.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (8-9, 3-3 SAC)
Carter, Rashaad 13-17 1-1 28; Moses, Brandon 6-12 2-2 18; Zimmerman, Tymere 2-4 2-2 6; Coleman, Reggie 3-5 0-0 6; Frasier, Elijah 3-5 0-1 6; Hampton, David 1-2 2-3 4; Reese, Brian 1-2 0-0 3; Dease, Michael 1-5 0-0 3; Burke, Tommy 1-3 0-0 3; Cheeks, Marcus 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-56 7-9 77.
C-N........................... 40 27 - 67
Newberry College.............. 36 41 - 77
3-point goals-C-N 7-20 (Ishmail Simmons 5-12; Braun Dabbs 2-5; Anthony Jones 0-2; Amonzo Gantt 0-1), Newberry College 8-17 (Moses, Brandon 4-4; Burke, Tommy 1-2; Dease, Michael 1-3; Carter, Rashaad 1-3; Reese, Brian 1-2; Cheeks, Marcus 0-1; Frasier, Elijah 0-1; Zimmerman, Tymere 0-1). Fouled out--C-N-None, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-C-N 34 (Todd Lucas 7), Newberry College 31 (Carter, Rashaad 8). Assists-C-N 6 (Amonzo Gantt 1; Braun Dabbs 1; Todd Lucas 1; Anthony Jones 1; Larry Coleman 1; Marquise Foster 1), Newberry College 15 (Zimmerman, Tymere 5). Total fouls-C-N 14, Newberry College 17. A-588.