NEWBERRY, S.C. Ė It took less than four minutes to trim a 14-point deficit down to one, but Newberry Collegeís comeback fell short as it lost to Lenoir-Rhyne, 86-76, in menís basketball action Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena. The Indians scored only one point over the final 2:38 while the Bears missed only two free throws during the span to extend their lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-7, 5-1 South Atlantic) placed five players in double figures and shot 83.3% from the three-point line. Newberry (6-11, 1-5 SAC) shot a blazing 84.6% from the foul line, knocking down 11 of 13 free throws in each period.
Coming out of halftime with a 44-36 lead, L-Rís Donte Watson (Fayetteville, N.C.) made the first shot of the second period to extend the lead to ten. Newberry cut the lead to single digits on four occasions before taking its last stab at the visitors. Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) made the biggest contribution to the Indiansí 17-4 run, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points during the span.
Newberry won the turnover battle 19-23, but the advantage was not enough to compensate for 62.5% Bear shooting from the floor compared to the Indiansí 43.9 percentage. Five-for-six three-point shooting, punctuated by Josh Kindredís (Graham, N.C.) four-for-four from beyond the arc, contributed to the high L-R field goal ratio.
A more exciting start could not have been scripted, as the to-be-televised broadcast featured two dunks in the first three minutes. L-Rís Josh Kindred (Holly Springs, N.C.) threw one down to give his team a 4-2 lead, and three possessions later Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) converted on a two-hand stuff to knot the score at six. Kindred led his team with 21 points and six rebounds, and Martin tied a career high with 16 points, adding a game-high nine boards.
Newberry led only once in the contest, a 9-8 advantage off Sammy Monroeís three. Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) scored 16 points for the Indian cause. Newberry tied L-R five times in the first period, but a 13-6 L-R spurt over the final 3:44 of the first half put the halftime edge at eight points.
Eric Mauldin (Albemarle, N.C.), Reggie Bratton (Charlotte, N.C.) and Watson topped ten points each for Lenoir-Rhyne, while Kindred and Rudder notched 21 and 20, respectively. Chandler, Monroe, and Martin were the only double-figure scorers for Newberry.
The broadcast of tonightís game will air in the Columbia market Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. on Time Warner Cable channel 7. It will also be shown in additional Time Warner markets in North Carolina to be announced later.
Newberry travels to Mars Hill for a 4 p.m. tipoff, while Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Tusculum.
Newspaper Box Score
Lenoir-Rhyne vs Newberry College
01/25/06 8:10 p.m. at Eleazer Arena, Newberry, S.C.
LENOIR-RHYNE 86, NEWBERRY COLLEGE 76
LENOIR-RHYNE (11-7, 5-1 SAC)
Kindred, Josh 9-11 3-5 21; Rudder, Josh 6-7 4-6 20; Watson, Donte 5-6 2-2 12; Mauldin, Eric 2-2 6-6 11; Bratton, Reggie 3-8 4-6 10; Springs, Marcus 3-7 2-4 8; Boardman, Tyler 1-3 0-0 2; Hinds, Stephen 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-48 21-29 86.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (6-11, 1-5 SAC)
Chandler, Zach 6-10 7-7 21; Monroe, Sammy 6-12 3-4 16; Martin, Clemente 7-9 2-3 16; Hinds, Alonzo 4-14 0-0 8; Dease, Michael 1-6 5-6 7; Burke, Tommy 1-3 0-0 3; Alexander, Matt 0-1 3-4 3; Jeter, Jerrell 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 25-57 22-26 76.
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 44 42 - 86
Newberry College............. 36 40 - 76
3-point goals-Lenoir-Rhyne 5-6 (Rudder, Josh 4-4; Mauldin, Eric 1-1; Hinds, Stephen 0-1), Newberry College 4-15 (Chandler, Zach 2-3; Monroe, Sammy 1-3; Burke, Tommy 1-3; Dease, Michael 0-4; Hinds, Alonzo 0-2). Fouled out--Lenoir-Rhyne-None, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-Lenoir-Rhyne 28 (Kindred, Josh 6), Newberry College 27 (Martin, Clemente 9). Assists-Lenoir-Rhyne 15 (Springs, Marcus 6), Newberry College 10 (Martin, Clemente 2; Nwawel, Eric 2; Hinds, Alonzo 2). Total fouls-Lenoir-Rhyne 25, Newberry College 22. A-591