NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team was defeated by the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 60-29, in South Atlantic Conference action Wednesday night.
Senior Night looked to be off to a rousing start for the Indians (12-13, 6-9 SAC), who scored the first four points of the game on a bucket by Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) and two free throws from Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.).
However, after the two sides traded buckets, Presbyterian (19-7, 12-3 SAC) kept Newberry from scoring for 8:41, going on a 15-0 tear and extending its lead to 27-9 on a Pat Kiscaden triple with 3:52 until the intermission.
Newberry's Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) scored a layup with 3:24 until the half to break the Newberry drought, but a Sean Dixon three-pointer as time expired gave PC a 20-point halftime advantage, 33-13.
The Indians were held to 18.2 percent from the field in the opening stanza on 4-of-22 shooting, while the Blue Hose were 12-of-21 from the floor in the first half for 57.1 percent.
Things didn't go much better for Newberry in the second half, as Presbyterian scored the first five points of the half. Newberry's first points of the second half didn't come until the 14:45 mark, when Tommy Burke scored a layup to make it a 38-15 game.
Burke, a senior guard from Newberry, led the Indians with eight points in his final game in Eleazer Arena.
From that point, PC outscored Newberry, 22-14, to win what will likely be its final appearance in Newberry. The Indians shot a total of 10-of-41 from the field for 24.4 percent. The Blue Hose shot 23-of-41 from the floor for 56.1 percent.
The 29-point final tally is Newberry's lowest recorded total in the shot-clock era.
Presbyterian was led in scoring by Drew Biggs, who scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
Seniors Burke, Chandler, Alonzo Hinds and Eric Nwawel were recognized before the game began as part of Senior Night ceremonies.
The Indians will look to rebound from the tough loss on Saturday, as they take on Lincoln Memorial University in the regular season finale for both teams. Tipoff in Harrogate, Tenn. is slated for 8 p.m.