GAFFNEY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team was held to 38.2 percent shooting as it lost to Limestone College, 77-64, in the Timken Center Saturday night.
Newberry (4-5) was led by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), who netted 22 points. Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) scored 17 points, while Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 11.
Limestone (2-3) became the first team to outrebound Newberry this season with a 44-34 advantage on the boards. Andre Coleman led the Saints with 23 points.
After giving up an initial three-pointer, two Valiulis buckets gave Newberry its only lead of the game with 17:37 remaining in the half. The Indians were able to tie the game at 7-all with 13:33 left in the half, but Limestone went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes, taking a 23-9 lead with 8:50 until the break.
Newberry narrowed the lead to three with four minutes remaining, but the Saints took an eight point lead into the dressing room at 38-30.
The Saints kept finding the bottom of the nets early in the second half, taking a 15-point lead, but the Indians were able to narrow the deficit to five points at 54-49 with 10:33 to play. However, the Saints were able to keep the Indians at a distance and pull out the win.
The Indians struggled from the free throw line, only shooting 18-of-32 (56.3 percent), while the Saints were 15-of-20 from the charity stripe.
Newberry closes out the first semester Monday night with a home matchup against Coker College in Eleazer Arena at 7 p.m. Coker won the two teams' earlier matchup, 70-68, in Hartsville.