NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team defeated Erskine College, 52-51, in Eleazer Arena Saturday, thanks to a three-pointer from the left corner by Zach Chandler with 7.2 seconds remaining.
The Indians (3-4) led for most of the game, and took their largest lead of the game with 9:38 to play as a Chandler layup gave Newberry a 45-36 lead.
But Erskine (4-3) held the Indians scoreless for the next 8:24 going on a 15-0 run capped off by a free throw by Brandon Wright to take a 51-45 lead with 1:20 left to play.
Newberry began its comeback with a thunderous dunk from Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) that he followed up on the next trip down the floor with a steal and a breakaway layup to narrow the deficit to two points. On Erskine's next trip down the floor, Wright missed a jump shot to give the Indians a chance to tie or win with the shot clock off.
Point guard Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) found Chandler wide open in the corner, and the senior preseason all-conference pick drained the three to give the Indians the one-point edge. Erskine's Jason Winecoff was unable to find a good look on the other end of the floor, and his potential buzzer-beater caromed off the rim, ensuring an Indian victory.
Chandler, a native of Greenville, S.C., led Newberry in scoring with 13 points. Newcomer Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) broke into double digits in scoring for the first time in his Newberry tenure, as he netted 12 points as well as grabbing eight rebounds. Martin also scored nine points and snagged eight boards to tie Spillers for the team lead in that category. Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) also scored nine for the Indians.
Erskine was led in scoring by Wright, who went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, including three consecutive in the second half en route to 19 points. Craig Williams scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:18 left in the game.
Newberry plays only once more before the Christmas break, as the Indians travel to Anderson University next Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Erskine plays at Presbyterian that day at 7 p.m.