JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The Newberry College men's basketball team earned its first conference victory away from home Wednesday night, winning 78-67 over the Carson-Newman Eagles at Holt Fieldhouse.
Newberry (9-9 overall, 4-5 South Atlantic Conference) was led in scoring by Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) and Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), who scored 16 points apiece. Chandler also recorded a career-high eight assists.
Carson-Newman drops to 7-13 overall and 0-9 in South Atlantic Conference play with the loss. The Eagles' Scott Williams led all scorers with 18 points.
The teams went into the halftime break tied at 31-all, and Carson-Newman took a 38-36 lead on an Andy Tipton jumper with 15:56 on the clock.
However, the scarlet and gray rattled off a 22-5 run over the next 7:17, taking a 58-43 lead on a triple from Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.).
The Indians extended their lead to 20 points with 5:06 to play on another Etheridge three-pointer to give the Indians the 68-48 advantage.
The Eagles responded with an 19-10 run capped by two buckets in the final ten seconds, but it was too little too late, and the Indians emerged victorious.
Four Indians recorded double digit scoring efforts following the lead of Chandler and Martin. Etheridge scored 12 points - all from behind the arc - followed by 11 points from Alonzo Hinds (Freeport, Bahamas).
Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) fell one point short of a double-double performance, scoring nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Matt Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) also scored nine points for the Indians. Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) blocked four shots in 15 minutes of playing time.
Newberry returns home to Eleazer Arena on Saturday with an opportunity to even its conference record at .500, as the Indians host the Mars Hill Lions. Tipoff for the Military Appreciation Day matchup is scheduled for 4 p.m.