Indians beat Francis Marion, 84-68, to claim second home victory of the season
Saturday, December 2, 2006 | by Etheridge leads Newberry with career-high 26 points

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team defeated the visiting Patriots of Francis Marion University behind a career-best 26 point performance by Cory Etheridge at Eleazer Arena Saturday.

Etheridge, a junior guard from Columbia, S.C., came off the bench and shot 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc in only 23 minutes to give Newberry (2-4) its second win of the season.

Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) bounced back from his career-low scoring performance against Kennesaw State on Tuesday to score 16 points against the Patriots on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Francis Marion (3-3) drops its second consecutive contest following a three-game winning streak. The Patriots were led in scoring by Raymond Dorsey and Rodrick Burton, who each scored 15 points. Kevin Ashford grabbed 10 rebounds, and was the leading rebounder in the game.

The Patriots led for the first two and a half minutes of the game after opening on a Larnelle Peterson triple, but the Indians charged to an 18-9 lead after an Etheridge fast break layup with 13:28 left in the half.

Francis Marion stayed within reach of the Indians for the majority of the half, but a 6-0 run capped off by a steal and buzzer-beating layup by Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) gave Newberry the 15-point halftime advantage at 44-29.

The second half was more even in the scoring column, although Newberry was able to extend its lead to as many as 22 points with 4:11 remaning before FMU went on a 11-5 surge to close out the game.

The Indians had the hot shooting hand for the entire game, as they shot 31-of-53 (58.5%) from the floor, with 49 points off the bench. In contrast, the Patriots only shot 22-of-55 (40.0%) from the floor and had 19 points from the reserves.

Newberry's Damion Harris (Greenville, S.C.) and Danny Friend (Atlanta, Ga.) shared the team's rebounding lead with five apiece, with Harris also blocking two shots.

The Indians have a week off before their next game, as they host the Flying Fleet of Erskine College on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

Francis Marion next hosts Mount Olive College on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.