JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) hit a running layup at the end of regulation sending the game to overtime, but the Newberry Indians were unable to outscore their opponents in the extra period as they picked up their first South Atlantic Conference loss tonight, 98-92, at Carson-Newman. Chandler came off the bench to lead all scorers with 34 points in the loss. Newberry drops to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while the Eagles improve to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the SAC.
Newberry built an early five-point lead, but the Eagles responded with several baskets, including five straight points from Andy Tipton (Maryville, Tenn.), giving Carson-Newman a 13-12 lead with 14:33 to go. Play stayed tight for the remainder of the half, with neither team leading by more than four. The Indians held the Eagles scoreless in the final 2:15 and forced four turnovers, giving Newberry a 5-0 run to end the half. The spurt started with a Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) dunk and was capped with a Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) free throw and a Chandler layup. Newberry led 39-36 heading into the locker room.
Chandler and Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) led the way for Newberry with seven a piece. Tipton paced Carson-Newman with 10, while Scott Williams (Macon, Ga.) added eight.
The Indians continued to add to their cushion and built up their biggest lead of the game at 59-49 with 11:39 to play. Carson-Newman never lead in the second half, until they produced a 17-4 run in a five minute span, giving them a three-point advantage, 66-63, with 6:27 to go. The Eagles nailed five threes in the spurt, including four in a row, thanks to Scott Williams, Darren Williams (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Tipton, and Milo Johnson (Lake Alford, Fla.).
Play went back and forth for the rest of the half, but Newberry had to come from behind to send the game into overtime. Carson-Newman's Kente Hart (Evansville, Ind.) hit two free throws making the score 83-80 in favor of the Eagles with 0:10 left. Chandler hit a free throw, cutting the lead to 83-81, which was followed by a Carson-Newman turnover, allowing Chandler to hit the game-tying basket as time expired.
The overtime period played out much like the end of regulation until the game's tenth tie made the score 88 all. Carson-Newman went on to score seven straight points, giving them a 95-88 cushion with 1:15 left. Chandler hit two charity shots cutting the lead to four, 96-92, with 0:09 to go, but the Indians got no closer after Hart's free throws made the score final, 98-92.
Chandler led all scorers with 34, including all nine of Newberry's overtime points, while Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) added 13 and Martin and Sammy Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) each chipped in 12. Monroe led the way on the glass with nine rebounds, while Hinds dished six assists. Carson-Newman had five players reach double digits, including a team-high 21 from Tipton. Scott Williams recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 boards, while Darren Williams added 16, Hart added 14, and Johnson added 13.
Next up for the Indians is their first home conference game against Catawba College. The action takes place on January 11 at 8 p.m. The Eagles travel to Lenoir-Rhyne on January 11 for an 8 p.m. match-up.
Newspaper Box Score
Newberry vs Carson-Newman
1-7-06 6 p.m. at Jefferson City, Tenn./Holt Fieldhouse
At Jefferson City, Tenn./Holt Fieldhouse
CARSON-NEWMAN 98, NEWBERRY 92
NEWBERRY (5-7, 0-1 SAC)
Chandler, Zach 12-19 7-9 34; Hinds, Alonzo 5-12 2-2 13; Monroe, Sammy 4-7 2-2 12; Martin, Clemente 5-10 2-2 12; Dease, Michael 3-12 0-0 7; Etheridge, Cory 2-2 0-0 6; Burke, Tommy 1-3 1-2 3; Jeter, Jerrell 1-5 1-2 3; Nwawel, Eric 1-3 0-0 2; Frazier, Antoinne 0-1 0-0 0; Ezumba, Seven 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-75 15-19 92.
CARSON-NEWMAN (6-5, 1-0 SAC)
Tipton, Andy 7-10 4-5 21; Scott Williams 6-11 2-4 17; Williams, Darren 5-10 2-2 16; Hart, Kente 1-6 12-13 14; Johnson, Milo 5-11 2-4 13; Johnson, Andrew 3-5 0-1 6; Scott, Clay 2-2 2-2 6; Davis, Stan 1-3 1-2 3; Grimm, Jermaine 1-1 0-0 2; Williams, Deonta 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 25-33 98.
Newberry...................... 39 44 9 - 92
Carson-Newman................. 36 47 15 - 98
3-point goals-Newberry 9-27 (Chandler, Zach 3-6; Etheridge, Cory 2-2; Monroe, Sammy 2-3; Hinds, Alonzo 1-5; Dease, Michael 1-8; Burke, Tommy 0-2; Martin, Clemente 0-1), Carson-Newman 11-21 (Williams, Darren 4-5; Scott Williams 3-4; Tipton, Andy 3-5; Johnson, Milo 1-4; Williams, Deonta 0-1; Johnson, Andrew 0-1; Hart, Kente 0-1). Fouled out--Newberry-Hinds, Alonzo, Carson-Newman-None. Rebounds-Newberry 39 (Monroe, Sammy 9), Carson-Newman 40 (Scott Williams 15). Assists-Newberry 15 (Hinds, Alonzo 6), Carson-Newman 17 (Johnson, Milo 3; Johnson, Andrew 3; Hart, Kente 3). Total fouls-Newberry 30, Carson-Newman 18. A-590