NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Newberry Indian men’s basketball team decided to prove the old adage “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” Thursday night against Brevard, rallying back from as much as 14 to defeat the Tornados 64-63. Newberry improves to 4-3 on the season, their first time above .500 this year, while the Indians even Brevard’s record at 6-6.
Senior guard Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.) scored the winning bucket with 18 seconds remaining, getting the ball at midcourt, waiting for a screen, then driving the lane for a tough layup. Frasier finished with six points on the night.
While the game was entertaining, it certainly wasn’t pretty for the Indians. In the first half alone Newberry committed 13 turnovers leading to 16 Tornado points. With the Indians down 21-35 with 3:40 left in the half, Indian head coach Shaun Golden had enough, pulling all five of his starters and using a cast of reserves. The players answered their coach’s call, hitting a trio of three point shots to pull the Indians within seven at the half.
Newberry guard Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) set the tone for Newberry at the beginning of the half, knocking down a hanging jumper to bring the Indians within five. Dease was the leading scorer of the game, notching 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Dease knocked down four of his five three-point attempts.
Much to the Indian’s dismay, the Tornados did not back down, keeping the game close throughout. Brevard forward Brian Grier (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 15 points in the contest, notching 11 in the second half. Tornado guard Rashad Mosley (Duluth, Ga.) led the Tornados with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
But the difference in the game down the stretch was shooting from beyond the arch. Newberry converted 8-of-16 chances on the night, while the Tornados shot a paltry 2-for-11. Also making a difference was Newberry’s ability to tighten up the ship, only committing four turnovers in the final stanza.
The Indians also were able to out rebound Brevard 36 to 29 in the contest. Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) collected a game-high eight rebounds in 14 minutes of action for the Indians.
The Indians are back in action next Saturday, December 11th at 4 p.m., in a rematch with Georgia College & State University. The Bobcats defeated Newberry 88-73 in the season opener for both teams on November 15th.