NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team came back from 10 points down in the first half to win its third consecutive game with a 71-63 victory over the visiting Brevard College Tornados in non-conference action Monday night.
Newberry (11-9 overall, 5-5 South Atlantic Conference) was led by Clemente Martin's 17 points and eight rebounds. The sophomore forward from Freeport, Bahamas scored in double digits for the sixth consecutive game.
Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) scored 16 points, while Matt Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) scored a career-high 13 points for the Indians.
Brevard (8-14 overall) was led by Darin Dellenger and Brian Davison, who each scored 12 points for the Tornados, who shot 50 per cent from the field.
The Tornados took their first lead of the game with 17:33 left in the opening half on a Jeff Carbuhn jumper to mkae it 6-5 in Brevard's favor. The two teams traded buckets for the next ten minutes, but Brevard went on a 12-2 run capped by a Nathan Whitmire free throw to give the Tornados a 34-24 advantage with 4:26 left until the break.
The Indians narrowed the deficit to two points with an 8-0 surge of their own with five points from Etheridge and three points from Tyler Fisher (Social Circle, Ga.). However, a Davison triple gave Brevard the 37-32 lead at the half.
In the second stanza, the Tornados extended the lead to as many as eight, although the Indians kept within striking distance throughout, with a Etheridge-to-Martin fastbreak alley-oop dunk bringing the margin to a solitary point at 47-46 with 12:25 left.
The scarlet and gray grabbed the lead for good with 6:37 left when Martin converted a jumper while being fouled by Cory McAlpin, giving Newberry a 53-52 lead. The Indians stretched that lead to 57-52 on buckets by Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) and Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.).
Brevard bounced back to within two points, but Newberry would convert 10 straight opportunities from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
Spillers fell just short of a double-double once again, scoring nine points and snagging 12 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive end of the floor.
Newberry resumes conference action on Wednesday night, as the Indians host league leaders Lenoir-Rhyne for an 8 p.m. tipoff in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's teams.