GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team dropped to 1-3 on the season Friday, falling to Lander University, 78-57, in non-conference action at Horne Arena
Lander improved to 3-1, while the Indians fell to 1-3. The Indians face off against NCAA Division I program Kennesaw State University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) led Newberry with 16 points and four assists while Alonzo Hinds (Freeprot, Bahamas) added 13 points.
Dane Sparrow, a freshman, had a big first half for the Bearcats with 12 points and scored seven unanswered points during a key spot in the second half. Sparrow missed only one shot in the game, hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and making all six of his free throws.
Emanuel Hodrea, a senior, had a big second half with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 5 of 6 free throws.
Michael Griffin led Lander with seven rebounds, Jarred Jackson had seven assists, and Curtis Milner had three blocked shots.
The Indians cut a 14-point halftime deficit to nine, 47-38, on a basket by Hinds with 11:50 left in the game. But Sparrow scored inside, hit a 3-pointer, and added two free throws during a personal 7-0 run to push Lander's lead to 54-38. The Bearcats were not threatened the rest of the way.
Lander had three leads of 17 points until the final seconds. Tyler Pitt hit a long 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the game to extend the final margin to 21.
Newberry led early, leading 5-2 until Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 15 minutes left in the first half to tie the game at 5. A three-pointer by Corey Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) gave Newberry a 12-7 lead at the 12:40 mark. But Lander responded with a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 20-12 advantage with Sparrow making two 3-pointers and two free throws, and Hodrea making one 3-pointer.
Hodrea and Jackson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push Lander's lead to 30-16 with 6:17 left in the half, completing a 23-4 Bearcats run. The teams played to a 9-all standoff over the rest of the half and Lander led 39-25 at the intermission.Chandler had 11 points in the first half to lead the Indians.
Lander made 24 of 54 shots from the floor (44 percent), 20 of 24 from the free-throw line (83 percent), and 10 of 28 from 3-point range (36 percent). Newberry hit 21 of 54 from the floor (39 percent), 10 of 15 free throws (67 percent), and 5 of 15 from behind the arc (33 percent). The Bearcats had a 38-31 rebounding edge.