NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team trailed for most of the first half, but used a strong second half effort to defeat the Carson-Newman College Eagles, 63-60, in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action here Saturday.
Newberry (6-4, 2-0 SAC) extends its winning streak to five games after starting the season 0-4, and are 2-0 in South Atlantic Conference play for the first time since joining the league in 1997-98.
Carson-Newman drops to 6-6 and 0-2 in league play.
The Eagles led by as many as 12 in the first half, and were up by 10 with 4:23 left in the opening stanza on a Kente Hart free throw.
But Newberry came back with an 11-2 run to narrow the halftime margin to one point, with Carson-Newman leading, 31-30, after 20 minutes.
Newberry redshirt freshman Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) tied the school's single game blocks record with five swats for the second straight game. All five blocks came in the first half.
Carson-Newman took the momentum back early in the second half, as the Eagles opened the half on a 7-0 run in the first 3:13, capped off by a Clay Scott layup to give the Eagles a 38-30 lead at the 16:47 mark.
The Indians answered back with a run of their own, outscoring Carson-Newman 21-4 over the next 7:37. Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) hit an open three-pointer with 9:10 to play to give Newberry a 51-42 advantage and their largest lead of the game.
The Eagles clawed back to take a one point lead at the 1:57 mark, when a Scott layup gave Carson-Newman a 58-57 lead, but a pair of free throws from Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) gave the Indians the lead for good with 1:32 left.
Carson-Newman's Scott and Newberry's Chandler scored 13 points for their respective teams to lead all scorers.
Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas) scored 12 points for Newberry, while Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Martin had nine points and nine rebounds, while Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) scored eight points and snagged six boards.
Scott complemented his 13 points with eight rebounds for Carson-Newman, while Hart scored 11 points, and Darren Williams netted 10 for the Eagles. Deonte Williams was one point away from a double-double performance with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Indians look to earn their longest winning streak since the 1979-80 season as they hit the road for a Monday night matchup at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. Tipoff at Stanford Arena is slated for 8 p.m., following the women's matchup between the Indians and the Lions.