SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team dropped to 0-2 on the season, losing to USC Upstate by a score of 64-61 in the closing game of the Anderson Hardwood Floors Tipoff Classic at the G.B. Hodge Center on the campus of USC Upstate Saturday.
Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) led the Indians offensively with 13 points off the bench. Freshman Danny Friend scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) led the team with nine rebounds. Damion Harris (Greenville, S.C.) and Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) each scored nine points. Newberry's two losses have come by a combined four points.
USC Upstate got off to a quick start in the game, scoring the first six points of the game. Newberry kept it tight early, but the Spartans (1-1) managed to pull ahead by as many as 15 late in the opening half. However, the Indians closed the half on a 5-0 run to narrow the halftime deficit to 36-28.
Newberry got back into the game in the early stages of the second half, clawing back to within one point of USC Upstate with 14:43. A Friend jumper closed out a 12-5 Indian surge.
The Spartans kept a short distance between themselves and Newberry, but a Hinds triple with 8:40 remaining tied the game at 50-all. After a free throw by USC Upstate's Matej Mrkic, the Indians took their only lead of the game with 7:52 to play, when a jumper by Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) gave Newberry the 52-51 advantage. But a string of Upstate baskets down the stretch put the Spartans out in front, and Hinds was unable to connect on a last-ditch three-pointer, giving the Spartans the victory.
The Indians had a respectable shooting percentage of 47.9% from the field but only connected on 11 of their 18 free throw opportunities down the stretch.
Newberry will search for its first win on Tuesday, when the Indians open the home portion of their schedule against Allen University. Tip-off in Eleazer Arena is at 7 p.m.