HICKORY, N.C. - Newberry College hit a three-pointer with at the end of regulation and at the conclusion of overtime to stun Lenoir-Rhyne, 75-74, in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action Wednesday at Shuford Gymnasium. The Indians improved to 11-10 on the year and 5-4 in the SAC while L-R lost its second straight league contest at home and fell to 16-5 and 7-2, respectively. Newberry basketball is over .500 for the first time since January 26, 2000.
Down by three, the Indians' Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.) hit a three-pointer from the left side with one second left in the second half to tie the score at 64.
In the extra frame, Newberry's Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.), on a pass from Moses and from about the same spot, connected on a trey to give Newberry the 75-74 advantage with two seconds lefts to win the game for the Indians. Dease was credited with the assist Moses' game-tying three at the end of the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 72-67 lead with a little over two minutes to go in overtime and had possession of the ball but could not put Newberry away. Back-to-back turnovers by Lenoir-Rhyne proved costly.
Newberry's Rashad Carter (North Charleston, S.C.) led all scorers with 26 points while junior guard Tony Connelly (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg HS) tallied a team-high 17 points for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Moses scored 16 and L-R senior center Ryan Pitts (Baltimore, Md./Overlea HS) grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne also fell to 3-3 at home this year as compared to a 13-2 mark away from Shuford Gymnasium.
The Bears look to get back in the league race with a showdown against Tusculum Saturday at 4 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn. Newberry visits Wingate for an 8 p.m. contest on Saturday.