SALISBURY, N.C. – The Newberry College men’s basketball team lost to Catawba College, 89-80, in Goodman Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference play Saturday afternoon.
Newberry fell back to .500 on the season for the fifth time this season and lost its second straight SAC bout.
Catawba College (13-9, 8-3 SAC) started off strong, bolting out to an 11-5 lead to start the game and never looked back, led by senior forward Chris Wooldridge’s 10-for-14 performance for 25 points. Reserve Rob Fields had 17 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
The home Catawba Indians were red hot from the floor, hitting more than 53 percent of field goals attempted.
For Newberry, four players scored double-digits in points led by junior Terrance Spillers’ 16. The Charleston, S.C. native also grabbed nine rebounds and picked up two steals in 26 minutes.
Junior Cory Etheridge turned in a solid performance with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 behind the three-point line.
Sophomore Clemente Martin tallied 13 points and freshman center Kendrick Johnson had 12 points and two blocks in 20 minutes.
The Newberry defense forced a modest 18 turnovers, but capitalized on mistakes scoring 27 points off of Catawba miscues.
Having lost two straight, the Indians will be looking to rebound quickly against Tusculum College this Wednesday at home in Eleazer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.