KENNESAW, Ga. - Despite a valiant effort, the Newberry College men's basketball dropped a 68-55 decision to Division I Kennesaw State University.
Newberry (1-4) loses its second consecutive, although the Indians only trailed 32-30 at the halftime break.
The victory by Kennesaw State (2-4) gives head coach Tony Ingle his 200th win in his career.
Newberry was led in scoring by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) and Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.), who eached scored 16 points. Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) led the team in rebounding for the third game this season, as he snagged seven boards.
The Indians used strong three-point shooting to stick around early. Newberry went 5-of-9 (55.6%) from downtown in the opening stanza, but were 1-of-7 in the second half. The Owls also outrebound the Indians 41-27 for the game, and 22-11 in the second half to seal the win.
After KSU jumped to an early 7-0 lead, the Indians went on a 10-0 run, holding the Owls scoreless for a five-minute stretch. Newberry never trailed by more than two points until the half.
Kennesaw State came out firing in the second half, and the Indians failed to regain the lead. Newberry's shooting hand cooled down, and KSU crashed the boards to help salt away their win, going on a 10-0 run of their own in the middle of the half.
Newberry's next game comes on Saturday, as the Indians return to Eleazer Arena for a 2 p.m. tip-off against Francis Marion University.
KSU opens its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule Friday on the road at Stetson University.