GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Clemente Martin scored 20 points off the bench to lead visiting Newberry College to a 66-64 win over Tusculum College Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena. The Indians (11-13, 5-7 SAC) increase their winning streak to four games and complete the season sweep over Tusculum (13-12, 4-8 SAC). Newberry also claims its first victory in Greeneville in five years.
Martin shot 6-for-9 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free throw line to go along with his six rebounds. Zach Chandler added 14 points, while Sammy Monroe posted 13 markers and a pair of blocks in the win.
Tusculum was paced by senior Douglas Tshomba's 23 points and eight rebounds. Tshomba, playing in his final regular season home game at Tusculum, went 7-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from downtown. Chris Poore accounted for 19 points while Jordan Lear scored 17 points in the loss.
The Pioneers out-shot (51.1%-40.7%) and out-rebounded (33-29) Newberry, but the Indians played a tough defense that forced 26 turnovers, resulting in 22 points.
Newberry went on a 13-2 run in the opening half to take a 24-11 lead following a jumper by Monroe at the 6:02 mark. TC trimmed the deficit with 11 unanswered points over the next two minutes to trail 24-22. But Newberry closed out the half with a 5-0 spurt to take a 29-22 lead into the locker room.
The Indians got a pair of free throws from Chandler to open the second period and move up again by nine (33-21). Tusculum answered with a 13-4 run to regain the lead and move ahead 38-35 with 15:46 left following a three-point play by Tyler White.
The lead would change hands five more times in the second half, with neither team enjoying more than a four point advantage. The Indians took the lead for good at 61-60 following Chandler's three-pointer with 2:48 left in the contest.
Newberry held Tusculum without a field goal in the final 3:49 as the Pioneers got only two shots off during that span. The Pioneers stayed in the game as they made their last five free throw attempts, while the Indians shot 2-of-7 from the free throw line in the final three minutes. But Newberry came up with several critical offensive rebounds down the stretch. The biggest one came with Newberry holding onto a 65-64 lead with a dozen seconds left. Chandler missed a pair of free throws, but Tusculum tipped the rebound out of bounds as Newberry maintained possession. Alonzo Hinds made of two free throws, giving the Indians a two-point lead with 8.1 seconds left. The Pioneers got one more chance, but senior Donald Sexton's three-pointer at the buzzer hit the rim to end the game.
Tusculum will close out the regular season with a pair of games on the road, including Wednesday's clash at Presbyterian College. Newberry will also be away on Wednesday as the travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne College. Both games start at 8 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
Newberry vs Tusculum
02/18/06 4 p.m. at Greeneville, Tenn. (Pioneer Arena)
NEWBERRY 66, TUSCULUM 64
NEWBERRY (11-13, 5-7 SAC)
Martin, Clemente 6-9 8-11 20; Chandler, Zach 4-7 2-4 14; Monroe, Sammy 5-9 3-4 13; Dease, Michael 3-6 0-1 7; Hinds, Alonzo 2-13 1-3 6; Jeter, Jerrell 1-3 2-4 4; Etheridge, Cory 1-3 0-0 2; Burke, Tommy 0-1 0-0 0; Alexander, Matt 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 22-54 16-28 66.
TUSCULUM (13-12, 4-8 SAC)
Tshomba, Douglas 7-10 5-6 23; Poore, Chris 8-12 3-6 19; Lear, Jordan 7-11 3-3 17; White, Tyler 1-1 1-1 3; Sexton, Donald 0-3 2-2 2; Minnefee, Larry 0-1 0-0 0; Poppe, Serge 0-2 0-0 0; Story, Gabe 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 23-45 14-18 64.
Newberry...................... 29 37 - 66
Tusculum...................... 22 42 - 64
3-point goals-Newberry 6-14 (Chandler, Zach 4-7; Hinds, Alonzo 1-2; Dease, Michael 1-2; Etheridge, Cory 0-1; Burke, Tommy 0-1; Monroe, Sammy 0-1), Tusculum 4-9 (Tshomba, Douglas 4-5; Lear, Jordan 0-2; Sexton, Donald 0-1; Minnefee, Larry 0-1). Fouled out--Newberry-Monroe, Sammy, Tusculum-Lear, Jordan; Poppe, Serge. Rebounds-Newberry 29 (Martin, Clemente 6; Dease, Michael 6), Tusculum 33 (Tshomba, Douglas 8). Assists-Newberry 14 (Chandler, Zach 4), Tusculum 15 (White, Tyler 6). Total fouls-Newberry 21, Tusculum 25. A-709