Indians fall, 81-52, to No. 23 Lenoir-Rhyne
Saturday, February 9, 2008 | by Martin now seven points away from 1,000 in his career

HICKORY, N.C. - The 23rd-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne College men's basketball team used a strong second half to extend a 10-point halftime lead to an 81-52 win over the Newberry College Indians in Shuford Memorial Gym on Saturday.

The win was the Bears' 10th straight win and they are now 9-0 in South Atlantic Conference play. Newberry falls to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in league play. The Indians were held to their lowest point total of the season, and the 29-point margin was the largest of the season.

Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) led the Indians with 17 points, but was the only Newberry player in double figures.

Josh Kindred earned a double-double for the Bears with 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead three Bears in double digits. Reggie Bratton scored 14 points while Elliott McDowell added 10 markers.

The Indians kept the game close throughout the first half and a layup from Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) with 6:02 left in the half tied the game at 23-all. However, L-R finished the half on a 12-2 run to take a 35-25 lead to the dressing rooms.

Newberry narrowed the margin to seven with 15:39 to play, but the Bears turned up the heat to pull away. Newberry was held scoreless for 6:43, at which point the Bears had extended the lead to 34 points with a 16-0 run.

Newberry will look to return to the winning way with a Wednesday night home game against Catawba, as the Indians battle for the crucial fourth spot in the South Atlantic Conference standings. The "Think Pink" game is a rematch that turned out as a 92-82 win for Newberry in Salisbury last month.