GREENEVILLE, TENN. - Senior Brad Hawks recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds as Tusculum College rallied to defeat Newberry College 78-75 Saturday afternoon at Alpine Arena in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action. The Pioneers (9-6, 3-2 SAC) have won four of their last six games, while the Indians drop its ninth consecutive outing.
Hawks (Galax, Va.) dished out a career-high four assists, while shooting 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Tusculum shot 33-for-46 at the foul line, the third most free throw attempts in school history.
Junior Donald Sexton (Oneida, Tenn.) accounted for 17 points and five assists, while senior Greg McIntosh (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Jordan Lear (Zanesville, Ohio) posted 16 markers each.
Sophomore Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) led the Newberry attack with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He also shot 5-for-6 from the floor and 10-of-13 at the free throw line. Junior Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) added 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while senior Reggie Coleman (Orangeburg, S.C.) totaled 10 points in the loss for the Tribe.
Tusculum came out on fire jumping to an 11-2 lead as junior Douglas Tshomba (Brussels, Belguim) scored all eight of his points on the day in the first 2:18 during that run. The Indians answered with a 13-4 spurt following a Dease jumper to knot the game at 15-15. Trailing 34-31, Newberry scored 10 unanswered points as Dease and Tyler Fisher connected on three-pointers and Zimmerman added a basket to move the Indians ahead 41-34. The Tribe would settle for a 41-38 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Hawks canned four straight free throws to regain the lead for Tusculum at 42-41 with 18:52 left, an advantage it would not surrender for the rest of the afternoon.
Tusculum led by eight points several times and held its biggest lead at 73-64 with three minutes remaining. The Indians chipped away at the deficit and used a 9-1 run to trail 74-73 with 1:02 left following a pair of free throws from senior Adam Howell (Seneca, S.C.).
McIntosh was fouled and made one of two foul shots to move TC up 75-73 with 48 seconds remaining.
Dease missed a pair of three-pointers on Newberry's next possession, but Hawks came up with the rebound. Sexton made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to give TC a four-point cushion. Zimmerman drove the lane and scored a lay-up with 5.1 seconds left to cut the deficit in half.
Newberry got new life when Sexton made one of two shots, leaving the Indians down by a possession with 3.8 seconds remaining. The Indians never got a shot off as Hawks forced a steal to clinch the win for Tusculum.
The Indians held the Pioneers without a field goal for the final five minutes of the game, but Tusculum made its free throws count, shooting 21-for-30 in the second half, including 10-of-14 from the line in the final 3:44 of the game.
The Pioneers will be on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Clinton, S.C. to face Presbyterian College for an 8 p.m. contest. Newberry travels to Lenoir-Rhyne College to take on the Bears on Wednesday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.