Indians defeat Anderson, 68-56, for third consecutive victory
Saturday, December 16, 2006 | by Newberry closes out undefeated December behind 17 from Martin

ANDERSON, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team held the Anderson University Trojans to 20 second half points, and outscored the Trojans, 15-3, in the final 3:40 of the game en route to a 68-56 at the Abney Athletic Center Saturday.

Newberry (4-4) earned its third consecutive victory of the season behind a 17-point performance from Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas).

Anderson (1-7) was led in scoring by J.R. Howell, who had a game-high 19 points despite being limited to only three points in the second half.

Newberry trailed, 36-34, at the half, but the Indians used some hard-nosed defense to build a 49-43 lead with 10:52 to play.

Anderson refused to buckle as the Trojans outscored the Indians 10-4 to tie the game at 53, the 10th tie of the game. Drew Keenan scored two baskets during the rally.

In the next 1:40, the Indians scored seven points to take control of the game, with Martin scoring a putback and two free throws for four of the seven points.

After a 3-point basket by Keenan cut the Newberry lead to 60-56 with 1:43 remaining, the Indians closed out the game with an 8-0 run. Six of Newberry's final eight points came at the free throw line.

Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) scored 11 points for the Indians.

Led by Terrance Spillers' 11 rebounds, the Indians dominated the boards, 37-19, and scored 28 points in the paint, while Anderson scored just four.

Newberry shot 48 percent in the first half and 43 percent for the game.

The Trojans shot 55 percent in the first half but slumped to 28 percent (7-25) in the second half to finish the game at 40 percent.

There were 11 lead changes and 10 ties in the game. Eight of the lead changes came in the first half.

Newberry is off until Jan. 3, 2007, when the Indians open South Atlantic Conference action at home against No. 20 Wingate University. Tipoff for the second half of the doubleheader in Eleazer Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m.