BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team followed a balanced attack to earn a 69-59 non-conference victory of the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College in Williams Arena on Saturday.
Newberry (11-12 overall) was led by Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) who scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Clemente Martin (Freport, Bahamas) scored 16 points, while Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) score 13 and Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) netted 10.
Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds while blocking six LMC shots. Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) only scored three points but had a career best nine assists and grabbed seven boards.
Lees-McRae (4-20 overall) was paced by Aaron Woodacre's 20-point effort. Nick DeSchepper scored 17 as the only other Bobcat in double figures.
The Bobcats scored the first bucket of the game and the two teams traded scores for the first three minutes of the game, but Domsic's triple with 16:18 left in the opening half gave Newberry a lead it would never relinquish.
The Indians kept up the pace in the opening half and took a 15-point lead into the locker room. A late jumper by Ty Overmyer (Dawsonville, Ga.) gave Newberry a 42-27 lead at the break. The Indians shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor to grab the halftime lead.
DeSchepper kept LMC in the game early in the second half, as Newberry had been poised to extend the lead even further. The freshman scored 10 points in the opening four minutes of the stanza to cut the lead to eight at 45-37 with 16:10 to play.
But that was as close as the Bobcats would get to the Indians, as the guests stretched the lead to as many as 19 down the stretch.
Newberry scored 24 points off of 16 LMC turnovers and out-rebounded the Bobcats, 33-25.
The Indians return to South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday with an 8 p.m. tipoff in Greeneville, Tenn. against the Tusculum Pioneers.