NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team was held to its lowest point total since 1992 in a 64-42 loss to Tusculum College here Wednesday night.
Newberry drops its third straight conference match and falls to 11-12 overall and 5-8 in South Atlantic Conference play. Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) scored 14 points and was the only Indian in double figures.
Tusculum (12-13, 5-9 SAC) had three players in double digits, led by 19 points from Larry Minnefee and 18 markers from Chris Poore.
The Pioneers opened the game on an 8-0 run over the first 3:40, and did not allow a Newberry bucket until and Etheridge tip-in made it 8-2 with 15:45 until halftime.
Tusculum never trailed, and extended its lead to 13 at halftime, 33-20.
Newberry cut the lead to eight in a layup by Keith Marshall (St. Stephen, S.C.) with 12:48 to play, but missed an opportunity to make it a two possession game when a Tommy Burke triple rimmed out.
The Pioneers proceeded to go on a 10-1 surge, taking a 50-33 lead with 8:31 left on a Lavanti Jeter lay-in.
TC led by as many as 24 points, with Jody Fersner's putback giving the Pioneers a 64-40 lead with 28 seconds left. A jumper from the top of the key by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) was the final scoring in the game.
Newberry shot only 15-of-50 (30.0%) from the floor, while the Pioneers were good for 25-of-45 (55.6%) shooting from the field.
The Indians will look to rebound from their losing skid on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to Wingate, N.C., for a 4 p.m. start against the Wingaute University Bulldogs.
-STATISTICAL NOTE: The Indians lost, 48-42, to Francis Marion on January 27, 1992. The 42-point total by Newberry is the lowest by the school for the period that game-by-game records exist, going back to 1978-79.