NEWBERRY, S.C. - North Georgia College and State led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but had to stave off a furious Newberry College rally to pull out a 76-70 win in men's basketball action Saturday evening.
NGCSU (1-1) had taken a nine point lead at the half and led, 38-28, with 17:36 to play. But the Indians' Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) brought Newberry to within four with 14:56 left, as he scored the next six points. The Saints responded quickly and emphatically, extending the lead to 12 on a jumper from Anthony Rowe and back-to-back triples from Xavier Trice.
Newberry (1-1) trailed by 13 with 10 minutes to play, and mounted a comeback that brought the Indians within one possession of the lead. Freshman Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) contributed a layup and a three-pointer, and Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) tipped in a miss by Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) to cut the lead to one. But missed baskets by the Indians and the shooting of Trice and Rowe down the stretch gave NGCSU its first win of the season.
Trice led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed a NGCSU-best 11 boards. Rowe netted 18 points, while Nick Pope scored 15 and Andre Morgan was good for 11 points.
Martin recorded his second consecutive double-double to start the year, as he had 14 points and 14 boards. Bakinde led the Indians with 16, while Domsic scored 15. Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) also broke into double digits with 10 points. Valiulis led Newberry with six assists.
The Indians next hit the road for a Tuesday night date at Erskine College. Tipoff at Belk Arena in Due West, S.C., is slated for 7 p.m. NGCSU plays at Carson-Newman at the same time.