NEWBERRY, S.C. Ė The Georgia College & State Bobcats took advantage of 20 Newberry turnovers to defeat the Newberry Indians for the second time this season, 66-49 in menís basketball action Saturday. With the loss, Newberry falls to 4-4 on the season, while GC&SU improves to 6-2.
It was one of the coldest offensive performances of the year for the Indians. As a team, Newberry was held to 37% shooting from the floor, and only hit three of 14 attempted shots beyond the arch.
Newberry newcomer Eric Nwawel (Cameroon, Africa) had one of his best games in his short history as an Indian, tying a career high with 18 points and collecting a game high seven boards. Nwawel was the only Indian in double figures for the game. Bobcat guard Andre Smith (Fort Worth, Tex.) led all scorers with 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor.
Newberry came out swinging in the first half, largely due to the inside presence of Nwawel. The Indians held the lead until the 4:58 mark, when GC&SU freshman Justin Dickens (Conyers, Ga.) hit a jumper that sparked a 13-7 Bobcat run, putting GC&SU in the lead for good. Dickens finished with 11 points and five rebounds on the afternoon. At the half, GC&SU led 33-26.
Newberry committed 13 turnovers in first half, leading to 16 Bobcat points. For the game, GC&SU scored 23 points after turnovers, compared to seven for the Indians.
Early in the second half, Newberry pulled with in four points after a three-pointer by Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.), but the Indians would get no closer as the Bobcats went on a 16-3 run in the final stanza to put the game out of reach for the Indians. Burke closed with eight points. Newberry leading scorer Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) was held to five points after a 2-for-9 shooting performance.
The Indians will have a break until December 18th, when they travel to Gaffney for a game against Limestone College. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.