FLORENCE, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team extended a three-point halftime lead to as many as 13 en route to a 76-66 victory over the Francis Marion University Patriots at the Smith University Center on Saturday night. Newberry (2-2) was led by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) who established a career high in points for the second consecutive game with 28 points to go with eight rebounds.
Freshman Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 17 points, while Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) was two points short of a double-double with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
The game started off as a back-and-forth affair, with the Patriots (3-1) eventually taking a nine-point lead with 4:39 before the half at 24-15. Francis Marion held a 27-19 lead following a three-point play by point guard Crayton Jones with 3:11 left before halftime. Newberry then outscored the Patriots 16-5 to close the stanza and carried a 35-32 advantage into the locker room at intermission. The Indians drained six of their final seven field goal attempts during the run.
Newberry took a three-point lead into the half with a jumper in the lane from Keith Marshall (St. Stephen, S.C.) at the buzzer giving the Indians a 35-32 advantage.
The Indians never trailed in the second half, and led by as many as 13, with key dunks from Bakinde and Martin putting emphasis on the win. Francis Marion was outrebounded 43-29 and the Indians held a 16-7 advantage in second-chance points.
Newberry returns home for its only home game in the next three weeks, as the Indians host Limestone for a 7 p.m. tipoff Wednesday.