NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team had five players score in double figures and held off a late rally en route to an 85-77 victory over Limestone College in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night. Kendrick Johnson set a Newberry College record with six blocks in the game as the Indians move to 3-2 on the young season.
Newberry was led offensively by Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) and Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) who each had career highs with 17 points.
Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) was close behind with 15 points, while Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) netted 14 and Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 12.
Limestone (1-2) was led by Marques Williams' 18 points. Andre Coleman had 15 points, Kenny White had 13 points and Shawn Creal netted 11 points.
Neither team controlled the game early until Newberry went on a 13-4 run that gave the Indians a 41-30 lead with around five minutes to play in the half after a Valiulis steal and breakaway layup.
Over the next two minutes, Limestone went on a 10-2 run of its own to narrow the margin to three on a Williams triple with 3:55 until the break. However, the Indians managed to stretch the lead to eight points with a 41-33 advantage at the break.
Domsic and Spillers asserted themselves offensively in the second half, as the pair had just four points apiece at halftime, but each scored 13 in the second stanza.
After a pair of Andre Coleman treys brought Limestone back to within four points early in the half, Newberry was able to jump out to a 13-point adavantage with 10 minutes to play.
Momentum shifted with 7:27 left when Limestone's John Prioleau was ejected for a pair of technical fouls following a foul. Domsic nailed three of the four technical free throws, while Spillers split his free throws and scored a layup on his next trip down the floor to extend the lead to 16 points with seven minutes remaining.
But the Saints would not go away quietly, as they went on a 13-3 run in the final two minutes to narrow the margin to 82-77 with 23 seconds on the clock.
However, the Indians made a stop and sank their free throws to come away with the win.
The Indians won the battle on the glass for the fifth straight game, although the margin was considerably closer than in recent contests at 42-41. Johnson led Newberry with 10 rebounds to go with his school record six blocks.
Newberry has a break until Monday night, when it heads to the Pee Dee for the first of five consecutive road games. The Indians face off against the Cobras of Coker College on Monday, Dec. 3, at Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium in Hartsville for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Limestone hosts Belmont Abbey for a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday.
The Indians and Saints will meet in a rematch at the Timken Center in Gaffney at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.