Basketball hosts Tusculum Saturday afternoon
Saturday, January 21, 2006 | by Indians look to return to winning ways

The Indians look to return to their winning ways Saturday afternoon as they host the Pioneers of Tusculum College with the women tipping off at 2 p.m. and the men getting underway at 4 p.m.
Men's Game Notes  |  Women's Game Notes  |  Live Audio  |  Live Stats .

What's On Tap
Tusculum is under a transformation from conference doormat to contender under new head coach Missy Tiber.  After 15 games TC is 11-4, while at this point last season the team was stuck at 5-10.  The Pioneers are coming off a heartbreaking 67-69 loss at Carson-Newman Wednesday night. Nicole Avrett made an eight-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the game to give C-N the victory.  Amber Redding tallied a career-high 21 points to pace the Pioneers. Tusculum held a 38-33 lead at the half, leading by as many as eleven, before the Lady Eagles took control with Avrett’s game-winner. The Lady Eagles led by nine on two occasions in the first half. Chassity Martin finished with 20 points.

Men: Newberry returns home for just the second time in seven games and in more than two months as the Indians host the Pioneers of Tusculum. Newberry is looking to rebound after their heartbreaking loss to rival Presbyterian Wednesday night and is searching for their first conference win of the season.

Last Time Out
A trio of sophomores scored 57 Newberry points but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 15-point second-half deficit as the Lady Indians fell to Presbyterian  Wednesday night, 79-69.  Monica Alexander, Tonique Frasier and Ashlee Wright scored 20, 19, and 18 points respectively.  Newberry led by as much as five early on in the second half before PC orchestrated a 15-3 run to take a 12 point lead in the game, 59-47. Newberry was down by as much as 15 but got as close as six with just over a minute left before PC was able to stop the rally and hold on for a win. Late free throws extended the Blue Hose lead to 12 for the 79-69 Presbyterian victory.

Men: Down by 19 with 12:00 remaining in the second half, Newberry orchestrated their largest comeback bid of the season, led by Alonzo Hinds 23 second half points but the Indians’ bid ended in heartbreak as Presbyterian pulled out the 76-72 victory Wednesday night. Hinds led all scorers with 25 points in the game and hit 15 out of his 16 attempts from the free throw line.