Newberry hits the hardwood floors for the first time in almost two weeks as the Indians travel to the historic city of Charleston, S.C., to face off against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Charleston Southern is riding a three game losing streak going into Thursday's tilt with Newberry and is returning home for the first time after a four-game road swing.
Game Notes .
Last Time Out
Newberry’s game at Anderson on Dec. 17 was postponed due to the power loss in the upstate after the season’s first ice storm. Anderson did not have power as of the morning of the game and so it was postponed. The make up date will be announced later.
Next Up for Newberry
Newberry tries to avenge a tough 61-56 loss at home to Erskine as the Indians travel to Due West, S.C. The Flying Fleet are now 2-4 after the five-point win over Newberry but will not play between the two matches against the Indians, having close to a month off from play.
Sammy Monroe has scored double-digit points in seven of the Indians’ games eight so far. Monroe had a season high 19 points at USC Aiken and scored 16 against North Greenville. Monroe also notched 14 points against Anderson on Nov. 15 and against Barry on Dec. 2. Monroe’s streak of consecutive games with double-digit points came to a halt on Dec. 7 against Limestone, where Monroe scored six points, mostly due to an injured ankle.
#1’s (Monroe) Number Must be Two!
In addition to scoring double digit points in every game so far this season, Sammy Monroe has some more fascination with the number two. Monroe has recorded double-doubles in TWO games this season and has acheived that feat every SECOND game Newberry has played. In the second game of the season, Monroe had 16 points and 10 rebounds against North Greenville. TWO games later against Lander, he recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds. That “Every Two” streak came to a halt against Barry, where Monroe had 14 points but only 3 rebounds.
Setting the Standard
Sammy Monroe has a conference high this season in steals in a game with six thefts against North Greenville on Nov. 19. Newberry as a team set the conference mark for the 2005-06 season with 18 steals against Limestone on Dec. 7.
The Indians are Thieves!
Newberry leads the South Atlantic Conference in steals this season, averaging 12.00 thefts. Individually, Newberry has the top to league larcenists on their roster. Zach Chandler leads the SAC averaging 2.67 steals per game while Clemente Martin is second in the conference with 1.89 steals per game. Sammy Monroe is fourth with 1.78 thefts per contest.
Send ‘Em to the Stripe!
Newberry’s 2005 squad has proved to be a tough team to beat on the free throw line. Entering Saturday’s game against Anderson, the Indians are shooting 73.8% from the free throw line (155-for-210) which is tops in the South Atlantic Conference. Carson-Newman is a close second, shooting 73.2% from the line.
Individually, Zach Chandler is fourth in the conference from the line, shooting 84% while Alonzo Hinds is sixth shooting 82%.
Coming to America
Newberry features five international players on the 2005-06 roster. Two hail from the continent of Africa with Eric Nwawel coming from Cameroon and Seven Ezumba hailing from Nigeria. Three members of the squad have a islands background with Alonzo Hinds, Antoinne Frazier and Clemente Martin coming from the Bahamas.