Newberry fights the good fight, outlasted by PC 68-57 in OT
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 | by by Ryan Gross, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Presbyterian College scored the first seven points in overtime and never looked back, defeating archrival Newberry College on the road 68-57 in men’s basketball action Wednesday night.  The Blue Hose improve to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Newberry falls to 4-11, and 0-4 in the SAC.

Presbyterian was up by one point with 18 seconds remaining in regulation, when Newberry’s Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) buried a three-point bucket from the corner, giving the Indians a two-point advantage with under ten seconds left.  Presbyterian quickly took the ball up court, worked the ball around, and found forward Grant Herren (Oviedo, Fla.) at the top of the key for an open three-point shot.  In the act of shooting, Herren was fouled by Newberry’s Reggie Coleman (Orangeburg, S.C.), sending Herren to the stripe for three free throws.  Herren missed the first, but converted the next two, sending the game into overtime.   Herren notched 16 points on the night.

But in extra time, Presbyterian flexed its muscles outscoring the Indians 17-6, with ten points coming from foul shots.  Presbyterian’s Sean Dixon (Marietta, Ga.) scored five points in overtime, and finished with a team-high 17.  PC had four players finish in double figures.

For most of the game, Newberry’s offensive production rested squarely on the shoulders of Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) and Burke.  Dease finished with a game-high 19 points, and Burke had a season-high 18, hitting 5-of-10 shots from beyond the three-point arc.  Burke also had a team-high six boards.

The fans at Eleazer Arena were treated to a spectacular game between these two old foes, a contest that featured 14 lead changes, including eight in the second half.  The score was tied at the half at 26.

One stat line that certainly favored the Blue Hose tonight was foul shooting.  Presbyterian was able to get to the line a whopping 40 times on the night, while Newberry settled for a measly eight trips to the charity stripe.  Neither team shot above 40% from the field for the game (Newberry 34.5% and PC 36.8%).

Presbyterian’s Tray Ballenger (Wellford, S.C.) nearly recorded a double-double, scoring 14 and collecting nine boards.  Newberry’s Coleman had six points to along with six rebounds.

Both teams are back in SAC action this Saturday, with PC taking on Lenoir-Rhyne in Clinton at 4 p.m., while Newberry travels to Tusculum for a matchup with the Pioneers at 4 p.m.