HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry College Indians overcame a scoreless streak of over 11 minutes in the middle of the game to defeat the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters, 67-58, and earn their first South Atlantic Conference win of the season.
Newberry (6-8, 1-4 SAC) was led by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) who scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out a career-high eight assists to fall just short of a triple-double. Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) had a team high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) poured in 14. Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) rounded out the Indians in double digits with 11 points.
Lincoln Memorial (5-10, 0-4 SAC) was paced by a 22 point, 10 rebound double-double from Terry Delaney. Beau Brown added 18 points, but no other Railsplitter could score more than seven points in the game.
The Indians asserted themselves early on the offensive end of the floor, taking a 33-22 lead at the 7:03 mark on a Bakinde three-pointer. However, those would be Newberry's final points of the half as the 'Splitters scored the final nine points of the half to narrow the margin to 33-31 at the break.
LMU kept the momentum, extending the lead to 37-33 before Newberry could change the lights on the scoreboard again. Newberry's scoreless streak reached 11:35 before a pair of Martin free throws gave the Indians their first points of the half.
Newberry's pressure defense kept the LMU offensive possessions ineffective, while the Indians scrapped back into the game. A Domsic triple gave Newberry a lead the Indians would never relinquish.
An Alexander layup with 4:20 to play put Newberry ahead at 60-47, its largest lead of the half. LMU narrowed the gap to nine points down the stretch, but the guests held on for their first win of the 2008 calendar year.
The Indians held a 37-31 advantage on the boards, dished out 18 assists and stole the ball from LMU 10 times.
Newberry takes a quick step out of the South Atlantic Conference loop on Saturday to host the 15-1 Claflin University Panthers. Tipoff in Eleazer Arena is slated for 4 p.m.