Indians hold off scrappy Brevard team for third straight win, 65-54
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | by Kendrick Johnson blocks eight shots for another new school record; Grant Domsic leads Indians with 1

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Indians drained a season-high 12 three-pointers and turned the ball over only four times in a 65-54 win over the Brevard College Tornados in Eleazer Arena Wednesday. Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) led the Indians with 16 points off the bench, while Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) re-established the school's single game block record with eight swats in the game.

Newberry (9-9) had three other players join Domsic in double figures. Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) also scored 14. Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 points.

Brevard (3-16) was led by Jonathan Whitson's 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. Andrew Freeman added 15 points.

The two teams struggled to pull away from each other in the opening half, with both sides shooting over 50 percent from the field. The Tornados took their largest lead of the game with 11:16 until the break when a Freeman triple gave BC a 22-17 lead. The Indians fought back and used an 11-2 run just before halftime to claim an eight point lead. Brevard's Joseph Chilton hit a layup with 50 seconds left to make the halftime score 38-32 in the hosts' favor.

Coming out of the half, the Indians extended the lead to 11 on a jumper in the key from Martin and a Bakinde triple to claim their largest lead they would have until the final minute of the game.

Just when it seemed Newberry was poised to break away, Brevard closed the gap to four points. However, both times the Tornados would narrow it to a two-possession game, an Indian triple pushed the hosts' lead to seven.

The Indians sealed the win with a strong defensive presence in the second half and great ball control. While turning the ball over only once in the second stanza, Johnson recorded five of his eight blocks, while the Indians forced 10 Tornado miscues.

Newberry shot 39.6 percent from the floor, connecting on 21-of-53 shots in the game with 12 of those buckets coming from the land of three. Brevard shot 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from the field.

The Indians begin their second loop through the South Atlantic Conference slate on Saturday, looking to improve on their 3-4 record from the first half. Newberry goes into Saturday's home game with Carson-Newman on a three-game winning streak both overall and in league play, and has won four of its last five. Tipoff against the Eagles is at 4 p.m. in Eleazer Arena. Brevard hosts Mars Hill at the same time.