Wingate, N.C.----Wingate University senior guards Keenan Dunn (Charlotte, N.C.) and Titus Miller (Spartanburg, S.C.) combined for 44 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as the Bulldogs topped Newberry College 79-69 in South Atlantic Conference menís basketball action Saturday night in Cuddy Arena.
With the victory, Wingate improves to 7-16 overall and 3-7 in the SAC. Newberry falls to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the SAC. Wingate hosts Catawba College Wednesday night at 8 p.m., while Newberry returns home to entertain Tusculum College Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
"We just came out a little flat tonight, a half step slow" Newberry head coach David Conrady said after the loss. "For whatever reason, we just weren't as sharp as we needed to be. We didn't play our best, but Wingate is still Wingate, and they deserve credit."
The big difference was at the free throw line, as Wingate hit 23-of-35 charity tosses (65.7 percent). Newberry managed only nine-of-16 foul shots (56.3 percent). The Indians committed 27 fouls, while Wingate was whistled for 15 infractions.
Dunn had 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Miller contributed 20 points, three rebounds, five assists and one steal. Wingate took a 69-56 lead on a three-pointer from junior forward Ahmad Richardson (Havelock, N.C.) with 3:56 remaining. Richardsonís trifecta capped an 11-0 run for the Bulldogs. Wingate freshman center Bryan Grier (Charlotte, N.C.) had 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Bulldog junior forward Brad Hinson had 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. Hinson hit three-of-four shots from the field.
For Newberry, senior guard Rashaad Carter had 18 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Tommy Burke had 10 points off the bench. The Indians outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-36. Freshman guard Tymere Zimmerman led the Newberry rebounding brigade with nine boards.
"We have Tusculum at home, then two teams on the road that we beat already, and PC in the season finale. Everybody will be gunning for us ,and we'll have to come ready to play," Conrady remarked on the remainder of the season.