Indians defeat Wingate, 87-84, to earn regular season sweep of Bulldogs
Saturday, February 17, 2007 | by Martin leads four Indians in double figures with 20 points

WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team completed the regular season sweep of the Wingate University Bulldogs with an 87-84 South Atlantic Conference victory in Cuddy Arena Saturday.

Newberry (12-12, 6-8 SAC) was led by Clemente Martin (Freport, Bahamas), who scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to push the Indians to their first victory at Wingate since Jan. 24, 1998.

Justin Baker scored 32 points for Wingate (17-8, 9-5 SAC) to lead all scorers.

The game saw eight ties and six lead changes with Wingate leading by six, 75-69, with 5:58 to play. The Indians chipped away at the Bulldog lead, and used a 7-1 run to tie the game at 76-all with 2:55 left.

After the teams traded buckets on their next possessions, Newberry used two Martin free throws with 1:31 remaining to take the lead for good. The Indians went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final 1:31 to seal the win.

Senior guard Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) scored 14 points for the Indians, with junior forward Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) scoring 10 points and snagging eight rebounds. Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) also scored 12 points for Newberry.

Freshman center Kendrick Johnson scored seven points, but also blocked two shots to come within one block of tying Jon Stackhouse's Newberry single-season record for blocks.

Johnson will have a chance to break that record at home, as the Indians host Presbyterian College Wednesday night for the final conference meeting between the two team before the Blue Hose move to Division I. Tipoff in Eleazer Arena is slated for 8 p.m.

Also, the Newberry seniors will be recognized as part of Senior Night celebrations Wednesday. This year's seniors are: Tommy Burke, Zach Chandler, Alonzo Hinds and Eric Nwawel.