BREVARD, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team suffered a tough loss to provisional South Atlantic Conference member Brevard College, 74-68, in Boshamer Gym Wednesday night.
Newberry falls to 11-15 overall, while Brevard moves to 4-23. The Indians shot a dismal 39.7 percent (27-of-68) from the field and only connected on 10-of-20 free throw opportunities.
The Tornados controlled the pace of the game from start to finish, executing their offense both effectively and efficiently, shooting a season-high 54.2 percent from the field for the game.
After Newberry hit the first basket of the game to take a 2-0 lead, the Tornados answered on the next possession to tie the score up at 2-2, three minutes into the game.
The two teams traded baskets for the majority of the first half, with neither team able to pull away from the other. The Tornados pushed their lead to five at 21-16 on a made free throw by Radosav Babic at the 4:45 mark, their biggest lead to that point.
The Indians answered with a 7-2 run of their own over the next two minutes to knot the score up at 23-23, the fifth time in the first 20 minutes of play.
Yet the Tornados did not give in and finished the half with a 5-0 run to take a 28-23 lead into the halftime break.
In the opening minutes of the second half, again both teams went back-and-forth with the each one answering the other on both ends of the floor. However, the Indians battled back to tie the score for the sixth time in the contest at 35-35, with 14:54 remaining.
The two teams would tie the score up again only a minute later at 37-37 before the Indians took a two point lead on a jumper by Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.), their first lead in the second half.
However, BC answered with a three-pointer by sophomore Andrew Freeman to take a 40-39 lead at the 12:16 mark.
In the final 12 minutes of play, the Tornados controlled the game by outscoring the Indians 34-28, and made key plays down the stretch to seal their first win over a SAC opponent this season.
After pushing their lead to 12 points at the 4:50 mark, the Indians cut the BC lead down to five points with 2:45 to play.
Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch by the Tornados sealed the win, hitting 11-of-16 foul shots in the final three minutes of regulation, headlined by point guard Cody Siniard who hit seven shots from the charity stripe.
The Tornados held on for the 74-68 win over the Newberry Indians.
Brevard was led by junior forward Joseph Chilton, who finished the game with a season-high 24 points, connecting on 10-of-12 shots from the floor. Siniard added 12 points, hitting 9-of-13 free throws in the game, while fellow sophomores Jonathan Whitson and Andrew Freeman had 11 points apiece. Junior sharp-shooter Radosav Babic had 10 points off the bench for the Tornados in only nine minutes of action.
Whitson had 11 rebounds to go along with his 11 points, recording his seventh double-double of the season.
Newberry had three players in double-digits scoring, headlined by Ty Overmyer (Dawsonville, Ga.), who scored a career-high 14 points off the bench. Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) had 13 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, while Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) had 11 points.
The Indians close out the regular season at home on Saturday as Newberry celebrates Senior Day for the basketball programs. Cory Etheridge and Keith Marshall will be recognized before the 4 p.m. tipoff against Lincoln Memorial University.