Men's basketball falls to Wingate, 100-72, in first round SAC tournament action
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 | by Indians move to 12-16 on the season, a four-game improvement from last year

WINGATE, N.C. – Newberry missed its first four shots to go down 6-0 and never got any closer than three the rest of the way, falling to fourth-seeded Wingate, 100-72, in first round play of the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.  Newberry’s season is concluded with a 12-15 record, while Wingate improves to 16-12.

The Bulldogs will advance to face top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne, who defeated Mars Hill 84-75, in the other quarterfinal in Newberry’s half of the tournament bracket.

Leading by three at the halfway mark of the first half, Wingate jumped up by 11 in nearly three minutes and took a 13-point margin (42-29) into intermission.

Wingate took charge early in the second, outscoring Newberry 19-6 following the break to push the lead to 61-36.  Sammy Monroe (Mt. Olive, N.C.) went on a 9-2 run, capped by a reverse dunk, before the Bulldogs took a timeout to regroup.  Newberry got no closer than 19 the rest of the way.

Monroe led all Newberry scorers with 18 points, and Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) contributed 15 to the Indian cause.  Bulldog Sean Barnette had a game-high 24 points, followed by Justin Baker, Shaun Kirkland, and Brian Grier with 21, 19, and 16, respectively.

Newspaper Box Score
Newberry vs Wingate
03/01/06 8 p.m. at Cuddy Arena, Wingate, N.C.
WINGATE 100, NEWBERRY 72
NEWBERRY (12-15 overall)
Monroe, Sammy 7-20 2-4 18; Hinds, Alonzo 6-19 3-4 15; Martin, Clemente 3-8 2-3 8; Chandler, Zach 2-8 3-4 8; Dease, Michael 3-11 0-0 8; Etheridge, Cory 2-3 0-0 5; Burke, Tommy 1-4 0-0 3; Frazier, Antoinne 1-4 1-2 3; Alexander, Matt 0-3 2-2 2; Marshall, Keith 0-1 1-2 1; Kennedy, Lane 0-2 0-0 0; Jeter, Jerrell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-84 15-23 72.
WINGATE (16-12 overall)
Barnette, Sean 11-13 0-0 24; Baker, Justin 8-13 2-2 21; Kirkland, Shaun 8-10 3-8 19; Grier, Bryan 5-7 6-9 16; Mangum, Ernest 1-4 2-2 5; Powell, Fernando 0-4 5-6 5; Wenger, Greg 1-1 1-2 3; Thys, Ryan 1-1 0-0 3; Smith, Bill 1-4 0-0 2; Villines, Kenny 1-2 0-0 2; Dellinger, Darin 0-1 0-0 0; Coles, Tommy 0-1 0-0 0; Turner, Rosco 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-62 19-29 100.
Newberry......................   29   43  -   72
Wingate.......................   42   58  -  100
3-point goals-Newberry 7-24 (Monroe, Sammy 2-5; Dease, Michael 2-6; Chandler, Zach 1-4; Etheridge, Cory 1-1; Burke, Tommy 1-4; Kennedy, Lane 0-1; Frazier, Antoinne 0-1; Hinds, Alonzo 0-2), Wingate 7-13 (Baker, Justin 3-4; Barnette, Sean 2-2; Mangum, Ernest 1-3; Thys, Ryan 1-1; Smith, Bill 0-1; Powell, Fernando 0-2). Fouled out--Newberry-None, Wingate-None. Rebounds-Newberry 39 (Monroe, Sammy 6; Martin, Clemente 6), Wingate 49 (Barnette, Sean 11). Assists-Newberry 12 (Chandler, Zach 3; Hinds, Alonzo 3), Wingate 22 (Smith, Bill 9). Total fouls-Newberry 22, Wingate 20. A-625