GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone College used a six minute span that bridged intermission to outscore Newberry College 22-3 and take command of a once-close game that ended in an ugly 77-56 victory for the host Saints Saturday night at Timken Gymnasium.
Newberry (4-5) held its last lead at 21-20 off an Eric Nwawel (Cameroon, Africa) layup, but the Indian shooting went ice cold while Limestone (4-4) inched to a 30-22 lead at the break. The Saints expanded that lead to as much as 23, largely due to 16 second-half Brandon Shipman (Asheville, N.C.) points. Shipman finished the night with 22 points to lead all scorers.
Nowhere was the off-performance more noticeable than the three-point arc. While long-distance shooting normally accounts for a quarter of Newberry’s offense, tonight it contributed six points. Michael Dease’s absence from the lineup may have accounted for some lack of production, as Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) ties for the Indian lead for most threes this season.
Nwawel scored a team-leading ten points, followed by Adam Howell (Seneca, S.C.) and Corey Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) with seven each.
Limestone’s Darrell Tate (Gaffney, S.C.) was Nwawel’s nemesis on the blocks, accounting for 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Marquintus Jones (Denmark, Tenn.) contributed 11 points.
Newberry has three days to prepare for Division I Furman University, which it plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. Limestone will host a women’s/men’s doubleheader against Coker College on January 6.