Newberry holds off Catawba's second half rally to win, 83-77
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | by Hinds and Martin each score 17 points for Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team scored a season-high 50 first half points en route to an 83-77 victory over Catawba College at Eleazer Arena Wednesday night.

Newberry (8-8, 3-4 South Atlantic Conference) was led in scoring by the Bahamian duo of Clemente Martin and Alonzo Hinds, who each scored 17 points. Hinds fell just short of a double-double, dishing out eight assists.

Catawba (9-9, 4-3 SAC) had four players in double figures, including Chris Wooldridge who had a game-high 19 points as well as nine rebounds.

The Catawba Indians took an early 9-2 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the game, but Newberry clawed back to tie the game at 19-all on a jumper by Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) with 13:45 left in the opening period. Newberry would not trail at any point in the rest of the game.

Two free throws from Catawba's Ahmad Murphy tied the game at 43-all with 3:51 left in the half, but Newberry went on a 7-1 run to end the half with 50 points, marking the Indians' highest point total in a half this season.

Newberry stretched its lead to 10 points with 11:38 left in the game on a layup by Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.), who finished one point short of his second career double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.

But Catawba would rally back down the stretch, when a jumper by Wooldridge narrowed the deficit to 77-75 with 2:45 remaining.

After trading buckets, Martin stole the ball from Catawba's Martin with 38 seconds, eventually forcing Catawba to foul Hinds to stop the clock. The senior guard made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win for Newberry.

Sophomore guard Matt Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) scored a career-high 11 points off the bench for Newberry to round out four players in double figures.

Catawba's Antonio Houston hit for 18 points, while Murphy scored 16 and Brian Graves scored 15 in the losing effort.

The Newberry Indians look to get back to .500 in conference play on Saturday, as they take the short trip to Clinton, S.C., to face archrival Presbyterian College in the final SAC matchup between the two at the Pendleton Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Catawba plays at Carson-Newman at 4 p.m. Saturday.