NEWBERRY, S.C. – It was an education for the Newberry men’s basketball team Tuesday night as the Indians traveled to Division I-member institution Furman, falling behind early and succumbing to the Paladins 110-58. Newberry, losers of three straight, drop to 4-6, while Furman improves to 6-4 on the season.
Furman took advantage of 17 first half turnovers by a visibly flat Newberry team, as well as the absence of leading scorer Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.), to put the Indians away early.
Newberry jumped out to the early lead after a Paladin missed shot in the opening possession of the game. Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) took the ball up court and dished to a wide open Corey Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) for the easy layup.
Unfortunately for the Indians, the taste of the lead would be short lived as Furman rattled off the next 14 points to blow the game wide open. The Paladins were paced early by guard Robby Bostain (Duluth, Ga.), scoring seven during the first Furman run and finishing with a game-high 20 points.
During the first half, Furman, a team characterized by a love for the long distance shot, hit 8-of-16 trifectas. Paladin sophomore guard Eric Webb (Grand Rapids, Minn.) went off for 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the first half, putting the Paladins up by a staggering 36 at intermission, 57-21. Zimmerman led Newberry in scoring in the first half with eight, and finished as the only Indian in double-figures with a team-high 12.
The Indians showed marked improvement in the second half, only turning the ball over three times in the final stanza. Newberry hit all four of their three pointers in the second half, including two by freshman guard Tyler Fisher (Social Circle, Ga.). Newberry’s Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.) had another nice game for the Indians, finishing the night with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.
The Indians retreat to their families for Christmas, but will return to action January 2nd when Newberry host instate rivals North Greenville for a 7 p.m. tipoff.