Newberry evens record with 72-69 win over USC Aiken at Clash
Saturday, November 27, 2004 | by courtesy PC Sports Information

CLINTON, S.C. - Newberry College's junior guard Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) free throw with :04 seconds remaining lifted the Indians to a 72-69 victory over the Pacers of USC Aiken in the third game of the 8th Annual South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Clash Saturday night on the campus of Presbyterian College.

The Pacers came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to tie the game at 69-69 with :54 seconds remaining on a free throw by senior center Curt Triplin (Philadelphia, PA). Dease's free throw and a basket by senior guard Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.) sealed the victory for the Indians.

In the first half, Newberry shot 48.3% from the field while forcing the Pacers into 16 turnovers to take a 39-22 lead at intermission. The Indians capitalized with 25 of their 39 points coming off the USC Aiken turnovers and were led in scoring by sophomore guard Corey Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) who tallied 10 points coming off the bench. The Pacers were led in the first half by Triplin who tallied seven points and a pair of boards.

Newberry was led in scoring by Dease who tallied 14 points while Etheridge added 12 points. Frasier chipped in 10 points and nine steals.

USC Aiken was led by junior guard Richard Blocker (Tampa, Fla.) who tallied a game-high 17 points to go along with five boards. Triplin added 15 points and four boards while junior forward Arnold Coates (Chicago, Ill.), freshman guard Franchot Brown (Washington, Ga.), and freshman guard Josh Poston (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) each scored 10 points apiece.

Newberry College improves to 3-3 on the season while USC Aiken falls to 3-2.  The Indians have their next on-court action at Eleazer Thursday night against Brevard College.

Newspaper Box Score
USC-Aiken vs Newberry College
11/27/04 6:00 pm at Clinton, SC (Ross E. Templeton Center)
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 72, USC-AIKEN 69
USC-AIKEN (3-2) - Blocker, Richard 4-15 6-6 17; Triplin, Curt 5-9 5-7 15; Brown, Franchot 2-3 6-8 10; Coates, Arnold 5-8 0-1 10; Poston, Josh 2-8 4-4 10; Sampson, Anthony 1-3 1-1 3; Boyd, Trent 1-3 0-0 3; Glover, Richard 0-2 1-4 1; Burr, Kenny 0-3 0-0 0; Oates, Theo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 23-31 69.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (3-3) - Dease, Michael 6-10 2-6 14; Etheridge, Corey 6-10 0-0 12; Frasier, Elijah 3-5 3-4 10; Burke, Tommy 2-8 4-6 9; Nwawel, Eric 4-7 1-2 9; Howell, Adam 2-2 2-2 6; Fisher, Tyler 1-3 2-2 5; Johnston, Chris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 21-34 72.

USC-Aiken...........  22 47 - 69
Newberry College....  39 33 - 72