Indians defeat Railsplitters, 73-65, on Senior Day
Saturday, March 1, 2008 | by Martin scores 18 points to lead NC to win

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team led by as many as 15 points and held off the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University, 73-65, on Senior Day at Eleazer Arena Saturday.

Newberry finishes the regular season tied for sixth place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 5-9 league record and is 12-15 overall.

Lincoln Memorial finishes eight in the league at 1-13 in SAC play and is 8-19 overall.

The Indians shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the floor and got 25 points from the reserves to help seal the win.

Newberry used a 5-0 run to take a 15-8 lead with 13:08 until the break on a layup by Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon). But LMU scrapped its way back to a three point lead at 25-22 on a Ronnie Jones free throw with 7:34 before the half.

The Indians regained the lead on a jumper from Ty Overmyer (Dawsonville, Ga.) with 5:03 left in the opening period and never relinquished it. Newberry outscored LMU 13-5 in the final five minutes of the half to take a 40-32 lead to the locker room.

Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) scored the first five points of the second half to push Newberry's lead to 13. The Railsplitters were able to cut the lead to eight with 15:17 left on a lay-in by Terry Delaney, but a 6-0 Indian run capped by a Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) layup gave Newberry its biggest lead of the game at 56-41 with 12:28 to go.

However, a five minute stretch without a Newberry field goal let LMU back into the game. After a layup by Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) with 6:22 left gave Newberry a 67-54 lead, the Railsplitters went on a 9-1 surge to cut the deficit to five points with under two minutes to play. But the Indians scored the next five points of the game to end the threat and earn the victory.

Martin led all scorers with 18 points and was the only Indian in double figure scoring. Bakinde netted eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

LMU was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Delaney, and had double-digit performances from Ryan Whitaker (14 points), Wadner Joseph (12 points) and Beau Brown (11 points).

Newberry seniors Cory Etheridge (Columbia, S.C.) and Keith Marshall (St. Stephen, S.C.) were rewarded with their first start of the season in their final game in Eleazer Arena. Etheridge netted nine points and Marshall scored seven to highlight their last home contest.

The Indians will hit the road Wednesday for the first round of the Food Lion SAC Tournament. Pairings will officially be announced Sunday.