DUE WEST, S.C. - The Newberry College Indians dropped their second consecutive game as they found themselves on the losing end of an 80-76 overtime game with the Flying Fleet of Erskine College on Tuesday in Belk Arena.
Newberry (1-2) was led by Clemente Martin's career-high 27 points and nine rebounds. The Indians outrebounded Erskine (1-0) by a 41-29 margin, but were unable to connect on a field goal attempt in the final 3:06 of the overtime.
Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Newberry, while Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) netted 10 points and grabbed six boards. Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) had nine points and nine rebounds, while Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) scored eight points and dished out six assists.
Erskine took advantage of the hot shooting hand of T.J. Taylor, who was 4-of-4 from behind the arc and scored 22 points. Teammate Brandon Wright also connected on four treys en route to a 20-point evening.
After leading by as many as eight points early in the game, the Indians needed a Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) triple with time running out to take a 42-39 lead into the break.
The game was back and forth all night, but Newberry held a slight 72-70 edge with just a few seconds left on the clock. With time running out, Victor Street found himself under the hoop for a layup which rimmed out, but was tipped in by Jay Boulware just before the clock hit all zeroes to send the game to the extra period.
Newberry took a three point lead in the first two minutes of the OT, but the Fleet connected on three free throws, and followed it up with Wright's final three of the night to take a two point lead. Newberry was forced to foul, but Street missed two free throws to keep the Indians in the game. But an illegal screen call sent the ball back to the other end of the floor, spelling out the end of the game for the guests.
The Indians will look to put an end to their short losing streak on Saturday night in Florence. Newberry visits Francis Marion University for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.