CLINTON, S.C. - The Newberry men's basketball season came to an end on Wednesday night with a 56-48 loss to Presbyterian College in the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament.
The Blue Hose (20-8) clung onto the lead down the stretch as Newberry (12-15) came as close as six points with 24 second left on the clock.
Down 14 at the 5:15 mark, Newberry put together a 12-4 run over the next 3:38, capped off by three made free throws from junior Cory Etheridge after Presbyterian guard Bryan Bostic fouled the Columbia native on a three-point attempt.
Blue Hose guard Sean Dixon struck back for Presbyterian, nearly dribbling out the entire shot clock before hitting a jumper in the lane to push the deficit to eight, 50-42.
Senior Alonzo Hinds made the it a two possession game just 11 seconds later at the 1:01 mark with a pull-up jumper from the right wing.
But with time running out on the Newberry season, the Indians had to start fouling with under a minute left in the game. Despite two field goals in the final 24 seconds, the scarlet and gray could not close the gap as Presbyterian went 6-for-6 at the charity stripe to sew up the win.
Two Indians finished with double-digits in points. Hinds was 6-for-13 from the floor for 14 points in 28 minutes of play off the bench. Sophomore Clemente Martin had 12 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes.
For Presbyterian, Grant Herren led all scorers with 17 points and Drew Biggs added 14.
The Indians shot 34 percent from the field in the game and were 11-of-27 in the second half, a 40.7 percent clip. Presbyterian shot 43.6 percent for the game.
Newberry out-rebounded the Blue Hose 37-27 and the Indian defense accounted for three blocks, including one by Kendrick Johnson. The freshman from Orangeburg finished the season with 45 blocks, a new school record.