Indians drop 79-77 double overtime thriller to Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, January 13, 2007 | by Spillers records double-double, while Martin dunk with 0.6 seconds sends game to OT

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Indians and Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters made sure that spectators at Saturday's men's basketball matchup got their money worth, as LMU ended Newberry's home winning streak with a 79-77 double overtime win.

Newberry (6-7, 2-3 South Atlantic Conference) dropped its third straight game, despite a last second comeback in regulation.

Trailing 67-65 with 1.3 seconds to play, the Bahamian tandem of Alonzo Hinds and Clemente Martin sent the game into the extra session. Hinds lobbed the ball to Martin off an inbounds play, and Martin slammed the alley-oop home with 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock.

However, Lincoln Memorial (9-5, 4-1 SAC) returned the favor with 0.6 seconds in the first overtime. The Railsplitters were down, 72-70, when David Lopez scored a running layup to keep the game going.

Lincoln Memorial led by as many as seven in the second half, as the Railsplitters went on a 9-0 run capped off by a pair of David Lopez free throws with 7:03 in regulation, giving LMU a 58-51 advantage.

But the Indians responded by outscoring the Railsplitters, 11-3, over the next 5:10 to take a 62-61 lead.

In the first overtime, Newberry led 72-70 with 24 seconds remaining, but LMU's Chris Williams stole the ball from Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) with 17 seconds to play to setup Lopez' equalizing shot just before the buzzer.

Williams scored four points to give Lincoln Memorial a quick lead in the second extra session, but a Hinds trey with less than seven seconds on the clock brought Newberry back within one. Artavius Mitchell only converted one of two free throws on the next possession, but a desperation three-pointer by Chandler to win the game didn't fall, giving the Railsplitters the South Carolina sweep after defeating Presbyterian on Wednesday.

Lopez scored 24 points for the Railplitters to lead all scorers in the game, while Williams netted 18 for LMU.

Newberry was led by Hinds' 16 points, while Martin fell just short of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) earned his second double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and snagging 14 boards. Chandler also scored 14 for the Indians, while Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) hit double digits for the first time this season, scoring 10 points.

The Indians outshot the Railsplitters from the field, with Newberry shooting 27-of-58 for 46.6 percent, while LMU was 24-of-60 for 40 percent. Newberry also outrebounded Lincoln Memorial, 44-33, but it was the Railsplitters' advantage from the charity stripe that would give them the victory. LMU was 26-of 39 (66.7%) from the line, while Newberry was only 18-of-25 (72%) from the line.

Newberry takes a well-deserved break after playing five conference games in 11 days, as the Indians are off until Wednesday, when they travel to Orangeburg, S.C., for a non-conference matchup at Claflin University. Newberry's next conference game is on Saturday, January 20, when the Indians travel to Greeneville, Tenn., to play Tusculum College.