MARS HILL, N.C. – Mars Hill College converted on 63% (29-46) of their field goals en route to a 84-66 win over South Atlantic Conference rival Newberry College on Senior Day in Stanford Arena. It was the best shooting performance of the season for the Lions. The Indians finish their regular season with an 8-19 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the SAC.
Kirby Lee (Fort Mill, S.C.) converted a three-point play 53 seconds into the contest and the Lions never trailed again. MHC extended their advantage to as many as 18 points (32-14) after James Hippolyte (Spring Valley, N.C.) hit a shot in the lane. The Lions took a 47-29 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The second half was all Mars Hill. After Newberry cut the lead to 13 points with 18:15 on the clock after a three-pointer by Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.), MHC quickly went back up by 20 points (56-36), by means of a 9-2 run. The Lions’ biggest lead of 23 points (82-59) came at the 1:59 mark after Josh Millsaps (Boone, N.C.) hit a shot from behind he arc.
MHC scored 32 points in the paint, 12 fast break points, received 33 points from their bench, and out rebounded Newberry 35-to-21. Reggie Johnson (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) led MHC with his career-high 19 points. He scored all 19 in the first half of play. Jeremiah Tinch (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) followed with a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down ten boards in the game. Lee added 12 points, Chris Aline (Reinach, Switzerland) scored 11, and Walt Baxley (Winston-Salem, N.C.) scored ten to round out the double-figure scorers for the Lions.
Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, SC) led Newberry with a game-high 21 points. He was 13-for-18 from the foul line. Frasier was the only other double-digit scorer for Newberry, adding 11 points in the loss. Frasier also notched a team-high four assists in the contest.
MHC and Newberry will wait for the SAC tournament pairings that will be released by the conference office on Sunday. The event will begin at the higher seeds on Wednesday night.