NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College outscored North Greenville University 22-5 over the final four minutes of the second period to get the come-from-behind win, 87-72, in college basketball action Saturday afternoon in Eleazer Arena. Newberry’s 22-for-26 performance from the free throw line, including eight of nine during the final three minutes, was instrumental in the comeback.
Newberry guard Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) scored a career-high 17 points, 10 of those in the second half and five in the last minute, to lead the hosts to victory.
North Greenville dropped to 1-2 on the season. Newberry opens the season 2-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign, when the Indians won their first three games.
The Crusaders held an early 10-2 edge after two minutes and change. Newberry head coach Shaun Golden pulled all five starters and the reserves triggered a 19-6 run in Newberry’s favor. Newberry gained its largest lead of the first half after a blocked shot and rebound by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) that led to Matt Alexander’s (Atlanta, Ga.) layup on the other end that made the score 27-21, Newberry. North Greenville caught up with and passed Newberry, taking a 44-38 lead into the locker room.
Andrew Nipper (Cleveland, Tenn.), Amonzo Gantt (Royston, Ga.) and Victor Duck (Taylors, S.C.) all had double digit point totals by intermission. No Indian had more than seven points.
The teams exchanged leads seven times during the second half, with Newberry finally gaining the upper hand with four minutes remaining off a Hinds three-pointer. The Indians gradually built the lead to 11 before Josh Burgess (Pickens, S.C.), fouled on a three point attempt, made all three foul shots. A pair of P.J. Schumacher (Waynesburg, Pa.) fouls and one from Burgess followed by successful foul shooting created the final cushion.
Forward Sammy Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) topped his previous career high of 14 points with 16 tonight, accompanied by 10 rebounds. Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) and Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) notched double digits with 11 apiece.
For North Greenville, Gantt scored a game-high 21 points, mostly from a 12-of-14 performance from the charity stripe. Jordan Richmond (Russellville, Ark.) made the game’s first basket and totaled 15 points, and Duck finished with 13 after scoring 10 in the first period.
The Indian defense forced 28 turnovers in the contest, 18 of those in the second half.
Newberry resumes action after Thanksgiving, facing USC Aiken on their home court in the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Clash next Friday at 7:30. North Greenville travels to North Florida for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday night.