NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Newberry men’s basketball woes continued in their South Atlantic Conference opener against Carson-Newman, as the Eagles walked out of Eleazer Arena with a 72-49 victory. Newberry falls to 4-8 and 0-1 in the SAC, while Carson-Newman rises to 5-8 and 1-0.
It was a freakishly bad night offensively for the Indians, so bad that they might have trouble duplicating it if they tried. The Indians shot a season low 32.2% from the floor, hit only 4-of-28 three-point shots, and their leading scorer Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) went 0-13 shooting for the night.
Eagle point guard Braun Dabbs (Greenville, Tenn.) put on a clinic for the fans at Newberry, leading all scorers with 22 points, including four trifectas, and dishing four assists. Forwards Andy Tipton (Maryville, Tenn.) and Jonathan Martin (Corryton, Tenn.) notched 14 points a piece for Carson-Newman.
Despite the poor offensive production, Newberry played Carson-Newman extremely close throughout the first half, playing excellent half-court defense, and forcing the Eagles into seven turnovers. Indian guard Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.) led all scorers in the first half with ten points as Newberry found themselves down only six at the intermission. Frasier finished with a team high 13 points.
But the Eagles pulled away slowly in the second half, outscoring the Indians 42-25 in the final stanza. Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) had nice game for the Indians, finishing with ten points, including two of Newberry’s four three-pointers. Senior forward Reggie Coleman (Orangeburg, S.C.) had his best game of the season, scoring ten points and collecting four rebounds, including three offensive boards.
Up next for the Indians is a road contest against SAC rival Catawba this Wednesday, January 12th. The battle of the two Indians will get underway at 8 p.m.