GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 72-58 non-conference victory over Lander University at Horne Arena Saturday. Newberry (4-4) was led by Clemente Martin's 24 points and a career-high 20 points from freshman Grant Domsic.
Stephane Bakinde chipped in with a 10-point, 10-rebound effort to give the Indians their first season sweep of the Bearcats since joining the NCAA.
Houston Wright and Curtis Milner each netted 10 points for Lander as the Bearcats dropped to 3-4 on the year.
The Indians shot 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field and outrebounded the Bearcats by a 34-25 margin. Vytautas Valiulis also dished out a team-high seven assists, running his assist total to 26 for the three games this week.
Lander took the lead early and led 8-2 after just three and a half minutes. Newberry battled back to tie the game at 8-8 with 12:50 to the break. The teams stuggled to pull away from each other until back-to-back triples from Domsic and Martin with four minutes until the break gave Newberry a 26-20 lead that the Indians would never rescind.
Newberry extended an eight-point halftime lead to 19 points, 51-32, on Martinís dunk off an alley-oop pass from Valiulis with 13:29 left in the game. Valiulis hit a 3-pointer to give the Indians a 57-40 lead with 9:28 left.
Lander tried to rally, scoring nine unanswered points to close within 57-49 on Milnerís lay-up with 6:09 to go. But Newberry extended the lead back to 16 points, 65-49, with 4:17 left on a Bakindeís jumper. The Bearcats got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Newberry built a 35-27 halftime lead behind Martinís 17 points and the teamís 61 percent shooting from the field (14-for-23). The Bearcats jumped out to an 8-2 lead, the visitors scored six unanswered points to tie the game at 8, then Dane Sparrow hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 14-10 Lander lead. The game was tied at 14, 16, 18 and 20 before Newberry closed the half on a 15-7 run.
Newberry made 24 of 43 shots from the floor and hit 15 of 20 free throws (75 percent). Lander made 21 of 55 shots from the floor (38 percent), hit nine of 16 free throws (56 percent), and made seven of 25 from behind the arc (28 percent). The Indians had a 34-25 edge on the boards.
The Indians now take a week off for finals before traveling to Gaffney to finish of this season's home-and-home series with Limestone College. The Indians defeated the Saints 85-77 in Newberry on Nov. 28