NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team scored 42 second-half points en route to a 64-53 victory over the visting Mars Hill Lions in South Atlantic Conference action here Saturday.
Newberry (10-9, 5-5 SAC) was led by the first career double-double of Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.), who scored 10 points and brought down 13 rebounds, marking the first time the junior reached double digits in the rebounding column.
Jamison McIver was the leading scorer for Mars Hill, which dropped to 7-13 overall and 3-7 in conference play.
Neither team had much success in the opening half, as only 11 field goals were scored between the two sides in the first 20 minutes. Newberry took a 22-21 lead into the locker room despite shooting only 23.8 per cent from the field in the opening half, while Mars Hill was an abysmal 20.7 per cent shooting at halftime.
But the Indians began to find their stride in the second half, shooting 57.7 per cent from the floor in the second stanza.
Mars Hill began the second half on a 5-0 run, but Newberry bounced back on buckets in the paint from Eric Nwawel (Cameroon) and Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.). A Tony Blake free throw with 13:55 to play gave the Lions a 29-28 advantage, but the Indians took the lead for good on a bucket in the paint from Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) with 12:38 to play.
Newberry stretched that advantage to 11 points with a 13-3 run capped by two free throws from Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) after a technical foul on the Mars Hill bench, making the score 43-32 in Newberry's favor with 6:29 to play.
The Lions tried to reel the Indians back in, going on a 15-8 run that was punctuated by a Stoney Polite triple with 3:13 to play, narrowing Newberry's lead to 50-47.
Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) responded with a personal 9-4 run, using a tip-in, an alley-oop dunk, a free throw and two other jams to seal the victory and bring the hometown crowd to its feet. Martin scored 15 points to lead all scorers.
The Indians outrebounded the Lions 40-37 in the game and shot an overall 42.6 per cent compared to Mars Hill's 28.6 per cent.
Newberry takes a break from conference action, as the Indians host the Tornados of Brevard College at 7 p.m. Monday. Conference play resumes on Wednesday with the Indians ending a three-game homestand against Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 p.m.