Indians battle to 60-53 win at Mars Hill
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 | by Martin leads the way with 21 points and eight board

MARS HILL, N.C. - The Newberry College Indians battled their way to a 60-53 win at Mars Hill College to even their overall record on Wednesday night in Stanford Arena.

Newberry (10-10, 4-5 SAC) was led by Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), who kept up his torrid scoring pace with 21 points on the night, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 12 points and added seven rebounds.

Mars Hill (9-11, 3-5 SAC) was led by P.J. Gore's 14 points and also had a double-double from Akeene Coakley with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Lions jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, and the Indians were unable to score until Bakinde's jumper with 16:29 on the clock. Mars Hill held the Indians at arm's length for most of the first half, with a Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) triple at the 4:33 mark giving Newberry its first lead at 18-16.

Newberry took a slim 25-22 lead to the locker room, with 16 of those points coming in the paint.

The Indians stretched their lead to eight with a pair of Ty Overmyer (Dawsonville, Ga.) free throws with 14:43 to play. However, the Lions answered with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32-all with 13:25 left.

The two sides were unable to pull ahead until a Bakinde jumper with 6:47 gave the Indians the lead for good. Newberry was able to extend the lead to as many as 11 down the stretch and earned the 60-53 victory.

Newberry stays on the road for a tough trip to Hickory, N.C., against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. The game will be featured as one of the NCAA Division II webcasts. The game can be watched at http://www.cstv.com/ncaa/divii/ for an 8 p.m tipoff. The Lions host Carson-Newman at the same time.