NEWBERRY, S.C. Ė Newberry used a balanced attack with four players in double figures to pull the upset over Presbyterian College, 82-67, Wednesday night in menís NCAA Division II basketball action at Eleazer Arena. Newberry (10-13, 4-7 South Atlantic Conference) held 10+ point leads in each half spanning almost 16 minutes, and was not seriously threatened past the ten-minute mark in the second period.
PC, the second-place team in the South Atlantic Conference and ranked sixth in the region, falls to 19-7 and 7-3 in league play. Newberry is the hottest team in the league, having won three straight and four of its last five. The three-game winning streak is the first of Shaun Goldenís career as a head coach. The Indians are within one game of the coveted fourth place and fourth seed in the conference tournament, which brings with it a first round game at home.
Junior Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) tormented the Blue Hose early. In the first minute of play, he had rebounded a PC miss, stolen the ball twice in the backcourt for layups, and forced two Blue Hose fouls on the way to a 6-0 Newberry lead. The visitors scored the next eleven points, and Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) and Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) answered with a three-point play and mid-range jumper to tie the score at 11.
Junior Sammy Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) scored on one end and blocked a dunk attempt on the other to put the Indians up 14-12, a lead they would not relinquish. Martinís transition basket with eight minutes to go in the half gave the hosts a double-digit edge, but the final field goal of the half, made by PC center Johann Collins (Raleigh, N.C.), trimmed the lead to nine going into the break. The Blue Hose came as close as five on four occasions in the second period, but solid play by Newberry brought the lead back to a safe distance.
Monroe led Newberry with 18, followed closely by Chandler and Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) who had 16 apiece. Martin scored 13 points, four of those from emphatic dunks. Monroe paced the Indians on the glass and in thefts as well, garnering eight rebounds and three steals.
Collins was the high man for PC with 18 points. Grant Herren (Oviedo, Fla.) made his presence felt with 16 points and 14 boards.
Newberry plays at Tusculum Saturday at 4, while Presbyterian hosts Lenoir-Rhyne at the same time.
Newspaper Box Score
Presbyterian College vs Newberry College
02/15/06 8:20 p.m. at Eleazer Arena, Newberry, S.C.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 82, PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 67
PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE (19-7, 7-3 SAC)
Collins, Johann 9-13 0-0 18; Herren, Grant 7-14 2-4 16; Biggs, Drew 3-4 0-0 9; Dixon, Sean 3-7 0-0 7; Ballenger, Tray 2-7 1-2 6; Sligh, Travis 1-4 2-2 4; Bostic, Bryan 1-8 0-0 3; Ferrell, Quinton 1-1 0-1 2; Versinskas, Martynas 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 27-60 7-13 67.
NEWBERRY COLLEGE (10-13, 4-7 SAC)
Monroe, Sammy 7-17 2-4 18; Chandler, Zach 6-6 2-7 16; Hinds, Alonzo 4-8 5-6 16; Martin, Clemente 6-11 1-2 13; Dease, Michael 2-7 2-3 6; Etheridge, Cory 2-3 0-0 5; Alexander, Matt 2-5 0-0 4; Burke, Tommy 1-2 1-2 3; Jeter, Jerrell 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 30-60 14-26 82.
Presbyterian College.......... 29 38 - 67
Newberry College.............. 38 44 - 82
3-point goals-Presbyterian College 6 -19 (Biggs, Drew 3-4; Ballenger, Tray 1-5; Bostic, Bryan 1-7; Dixon, Sean 1-3), Newberry College 8-18 (Hinds, Alonzo 3-5; Chandler, Zach 2-2; Monroe, Sammy 2-4; Etheridge, Cory 1-1; Burke, Tommy 0-1; Alexander, Matt 0-2; Dease, Michael 0-2; Martin, Clemente 0-1). Fouled out--Presbyterian College-None, Newberry College-None. Rebounds-Presbyterian College 45 (Herren, Grant 14), Newberry College 32 (Monroe, Sammy 8). Assists-Presbyterian College 16 (Ballenger, Tray 4), Newberry College 9 (Hinds, Alonzo 6). Total fouls-Presbyterian College 23, Newberry College 14. Att: 780