ROCK HILL, S.C. – With one second left in the game, Newberry called time out as Winthrop’s Craig Bradshaw missed two chances at the free throw line to seal the win, giving the Indians one last chance at a Hail Mary shot. However, Sammy Monroe’s three-point, last second shot fell just short as the Eagles escaped with a 79-77 victory Tuesday night. The Indians were led by Zach Chandler’s 19 points and an Indian team that shot 77% from the free throw line.
“I’m so proud of our guys tonight,” said Newberry head coach Shaun Golden. “They now believe in their abilities. We had a great press tonight – just like all season – and we forced the turnovers. Regardless of who we play, our game plan does not change and that obviously worked for us tonight. Whenever you shoot 77% from the free throw line, you have to be happy. On the court, it was an evenly called game and our players were able to play through the tough atmosphere.”
Sammy Monroe recorded his fifth consecutive game with 10 or more points, putting away 10 tonight. Alonzo Hinds added 12 points for the Indians.
Newberry held a one-point advantage at the half, 35-34 after 20 minutes of back and forth action. The Indians took a 12-10 lead before Winthrop streaked ahead, 22-14. The Indians held their largest lead of four, leading 30-26, as Zach Chandler and Cory Etheridge hit back-to-back three point shots around the 4:00 mark in the first half.
Chandler led Newberry with nine points in the first half while Etheridge added eight. Newberry, who has averaged a 75% free throw shooting percentage, went 4-for-7 from the line, (57.1%). Winthrop only managed to shoot 28.6% in the first half (2-for-7). The Indians were also able to capitalize on the Eagles’ 16 turnovers in the first session.
Newberry was down one man on their deep bench as Pre-season All-South Atlantic Conference honoree Michael Dease injured his head at the 10:36 mark after running into a tough, but legal, pick. Dease did not return for the remainder of the first half.
The two teams continued to battle back and forth in the second half. Winthrop took a 48-43 lead but the Indians battled back to tie the game at 58 as Eric Nwawel and Clemente Martin each hit two straight free throws. Winthrop went on a 6-0 run to take a 64-58 lead and then took a 74-68 lead but Jerrell Jeter and Alonzo Hinds made back-to-back layups to pull the Indians within two at 74-72 with 2:32 remaining.
The tip-off for the game was delayed 10 minutes as Winthrop’s Chris Gaynor and a bit of the pre-game nerves get to him right before tip-off. Gaynor became nauseous on the floor and the game was delayed while officials cleaned the floor. According to Winthrop Sports Information Director Jack Frost, Gaynor usually takes care of his pre-game nerves in the locker room trashcan but that Tuesday night was the first time he let it get the better of him out on the court.
Newberry returns to action Friday in the Sodexho Tournament in Charlotte, N.C., as the Indians face Barry University at 5:30 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
Newberry vs Winthrop
11-30-05 7:10 p.m. at Winthrop Coliseum--Rock Hill, SC
At Winthrop Coliseum--Rock Hill, SC
WINTHROP 79, NEWBERRY 77
Chandler, Zach 4-6 8-9 19; Hinds, Alonzo 4-11 4-5 12; Monroe, Sammy 4-14 2-5
10; Etheridge, Cory 3-8 0-0 8; Jeter, Jerrell 3-4 2-2 8; Dease, Michael 1-4
2-2 5; Nwawel, Eric 1-3 3-4 5; Alexander, Matt 2-6 0-0 4; Burke, Tommy 1-1
0-0 3; Martin, Clemente 0-2 3-4 3. Totals 23-59 24-31 77.
SHULER, James 4-7 14-15 22; MARTIN, Torrell 6-10 0-4 12; WILLIAMS, Phillip
4-9 1-2 10; DANIELS, Otis 2-3 6-9 10; JENKINS, Michael 3-6 0-0 8; DRAUGHN,
Scott 3-3 1-2 7; BRADSHAW, Craig 2-7 2-6 6; HOUSTON, Billy 2-2 0-0 4;
GAYNOR, Chris 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 24-38 79.
Newberry...................... 35 42 - 77
Winthrop...................... 34 45 - 79
3-point goals-Newberry 7-24 (Chandler, Zach 3-5; Etheridge, Cory 2-5; Burke,
Tommy 1-1; Dease, Michael 1-3; Alexander, Matt 0-1; Monroe, Sammy 0-5;
Hinds, Alonzo 0-4), Winthrop 3-14 (JENKINS, Michael 2-4; WILLIAMS, Phillip
1-4; BRADSHAW, Craig 0-2; GAYNOR, Chris 0-1; MARTIN, Torrell 0-2; SHULER,
James 0-1). Fouled out--Newberry-Martin, Clemente; Etheridge, Cory,
Winthrop-None. Rebounds-Newberry 33 (Chandler, Zach 6), Winthrop 37 (MARTIN,
Torrell 7; WILLIAMS, Phillip 7). Assists-Newberry 12 (Monroe, Sammy 4;
Chandler, Zach 4), Winthrop 14 (GAYNOR, Chris 6). Total fouls-Newberry 30,
Winthrop 21. A-2015
Winthrop Equals Best Start During Marshall Era of 4-0