NEWBERRY, S.C. Ė The Newberry College menís basketball team upset the Wingate University Bulldogs, 89-79, in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
A total of six Indians scored in double figures as Newberry (5-4, 1-0 SAC) followed the lead of Clemente Martin and Kendrick Johnson to claim the teamís third conference opener since joining the SAC and remain undefeated in Eleazer Arena this season.
Martin, a sophomore forward from Freeport, Bahamas, scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to record the second double-double by a Newberry player this season.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman forward from Orangeburg, S.C., tied the school record for blocks in a game with five in his first start as an Indian. Johnson also scored 13 points and snagged seven rebounds.
Wingate (7-4, 0-1 SAC), the preseason favorite to win the conference title was led by Justin Bakerís 20 points, while Sean Barnette scored 15.
Bryan Grier earned a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but was held to a solitary block, well below his previous average of 4.1 blocks per game.
The Bulldogs took a 42-37 advantage into the halftime break despite shooting only 38.2 per cent from the floor on 13-of-34 shooting.
Newberry came back to tie the game at 44-all with 17:03 remaining, and took their first lead since the early going on a layup by Danny Friend (Atlanta, Ga.) with 14:18 to play.
Wingate was never able to reclaim the lead, despite coming as close as one point with 3:44 to play when a Grier free throw brought the Bulldogs to within 67-66.
The Indians outscored the Bulldogs 22-13 in the final three minutes of the game, extending their lead to as many as 13 on a three-point play started on a Martin dunk with 46 ticks left on the clock.
A total of ten players hit double-digits between the two teams, and Newberry scored 52 points in the paint.
Newberry looks to continue their winning ways at home, as the Carson-Newman College Eagles (6-5, 0-1 SAC) visit Eleazer Arena on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip. Wingate travels to Harrogate, Tenn. to face conference newcomers Lincoln Memorial University (6-4, 1-0 SAC) on Saturday. LMU defeated Carson-Newman 78-73 tonight.