HARTSVILLE, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team dropped a matchup with the Coker College Cobras in heartbreaking fashion, 70-68, Monday night. The loss drops the Indians to 3-3 on the young season.
Newberry was led by Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.), who scored 13 points. Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) each added 12 points, while Valiulis fell just shy of a double-double with nine assists. Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) also scored 11.
The Indians outshot the Cobras - 54.3 percent to 49.1 percent - and outrebounded the hosts 32-25, but failed to connect on a field goal in the final seven minutes of the contest.
Newberry took its largest lead of the contest with 7:09 to play on a Domsic jumper that gave the Indians a 65-56 lead. But the Cobras limited to Indians to three points in the remainder of the game, all of which came from the charity stripe.
Despite that, the Indians still had the game tied in the final minute with a chance to take a late lead. Coker's Lukas Vargas was able to steal the ball away with 25 seconds left and the Cobras held on for the last shot. Coker's Mason Ambler led all scorers with 17 points, but saved the most important for last, as he scored on a layup with 1.2 seconds remaining to put Coker ahead 70-68; a lead which turned into the final score when Newberry was unable to connect on its long-distance inbounds play.
The Indians will look to rebound from the setback on Wednesday night, as they open South Atlantic Conference play at defending SAC Tournament champion Wingate. Tipoff in Wingate is slated for 8 p.m.