NEWBERRY, S.C. – Junior Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) shot 75% from the floor and dropped five three-point shots to help push Newberry past Carson-Newman, 64-60, in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena. Twenty-one points is a season high for Etheridge, who canned four of five foul shots.
Newberry improves to 7-12 and 2-6 in the conference. Carson-Newman shares Newberry’s record in both columns.
The teams tied on five occasions in the second period, the last coming at 60-60 when Chandler slashed for a layup. C-N missed on the other end, and Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) hit a jumper in the lane for a 62-60 lead with 1:15 left. The Eagles could not score on their next possession, and Martin claimed the rebound. On the next possession, Newberry got two chances to score and converted neither. Eagle Jesse McMurray (Weber City, Va.) tracked down the rebound in the corner with 17 seconds left, but his outlet pass was intercepted by Etheridge. Etheridge was fouled and made his first foul shot. His second shot was too long, but Martin rebounded the shot and was fouled. Martin made one free throw for the game’s final point.
Newberry endured a scoreless ten-minute stretch in the heart of the first period and watched Carson-Newman go up by as many as 13 on two occasions. Following a pair of successful Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) free throws with 1.9 seconds left in the half, Seven Ezumba (Anambra, Nigeria) intercepted the inbounds pass and beat the buzzer with his only three-point attempt of the year. The shot was true, and the Indians entered halftime down only eight points at 29-21.
Five minutes into the second stanza, Carson-Newman secured a ten-point lead off Scott Williams’ jumpshot. Williams (Macon, Ga.) scored 15 of his 21 points after intermission. However, the Eagles went cold, allowing Newberry to even the score at 40 with five points from Chandler and three from Ezumba during the run.
Martin and Chandler joined Etheridge in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Sammy Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) shared top rebounding billing with Martin, each collecting ten boards. Behind Carson-Newman’s Williams, McMurray and Andy Tipton (Maryville, Tenn.) contributed 12 and 10 points in that order.
The Eagles’ accuracy could not have been much better in the first period, shooting a shade under 70%. They finished the game converting 53.7% from the field, but Newberry pressured Carson-Newman into 24 turnovers. The Indians took care of the ball well today, committing only ten turnovers.
Newberry hits the road for Wednesday’s contest, an 8 p.m. matchup at Catawba College. Carson-Newman comes back to South Carolina Monday night for a seven o’clock tilt at North Greenville.
Newspaper Box Score
Carson-Newman vs Newberry College
02/04/06 4 p.m. at Eleazer Arena, Newberry, S.C.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 64, CARSON-NEWMAN 60
CARSON-NEWMAN (7-12, 2-6 SAC)
Scott Williams 8-13 2-2 21; McMurray, Jesse 4-9 0-0 12; Tipton, Andy 4-5 1-1 10; Scott, Clay 2-3 1-2 5; Johnson, Andrew 1-2 2-4 4; Hart, Kente 1-6 2-4 4; Davis, Stan 1-2 0-0 2; Grimm, Jermaine 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-41 8-13 60.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (7-12, 2-6 SAC)
Etheridge, Cory 6-8 4-5 21; Martin, Clemente 7-16 1-2 15; Chandler, Zach 5-14 2-2 14; Ezumba, Seven 2-4 1-2 6; Monroe, Sammy 1-9 2-2 4; Dease, Michael 1-8 0-0 2; Alexander, Matt 1-1 0-0 2; Nwawel, Eric 0-1 0-0 0; Jeter, Jerrell 0-1 0-0 0; Burke, Tommy 0-4 0-0 0; Frazier, Antoinne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-67 10-13 64.
Carson-Newman............... 29 31 - 60
Newberry College.............. 21 43 - 64
3-point goals-Carson-Newman 8-19 (McMurray, Jesse 4-9; Scott Williams 3-6; Tipton, Andy 1-2; Hart, Kente 0-2), Newberry College 8-24 (Etheridge, Cory 5-6; Chandler, Zach 2-8; Ezumba, Seven 1-1; Dease, Michael 0-3; Burke, Tommy 0-4; Monroe, Sammy 0-2). Fouled out--Carson-Newman-Scott, Clay, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-Carson-Newman 34 (Scott, Clay 6), Newberry College 33 (Martin, Clemente 10; Monroe, Sammy 10). Assists-Carson-Newman 11 (Scott Williams 5), Newberry College 13 (Monroe, Sammy 4; Alexander, Matt 4). Total fouls-Carson-Newman 16, Newberry College 13. A-355