|November 19, 2008||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ERSKM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.328 (19-58)||.558 (24-43)|
|3P FG Percentage||.226 (7-31)||.462 (6-13)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (6-7)||.667 (10-15)|
Martin - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 64-51 win over the visiting Flying Fleet of Erskine College in NC's home opener at Eleazer Arena on Wednesday.
Newberry (2-0) never trailed and led by as many as 20 points in the second half. Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) was Newberry's leading scorer with 18 points and three rebounds, while Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) netted 12 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out four assists.
Erskine (0-1) was paced by 28 points and 12 rebounds from Brandon Wright (Goose Creek, S.C.) and 10 points from Nick Riley (Stone Mountain, Ga.).
Newberry jumped out quickly, scoring the first nine points of the contest, seven of which were scored by Martin. Erskine did not score its first field goal until the 14:19 mark, when Wright connected on the first of his six three-pointers on the night. NC led by 11 with 12:18 to play, but the Fleet narrowed the deficit to as few as two points at 21-19 with just under six minutes left in the half. Wright nailed a triple with 20 seconds left to make the score 29-26 in Newberry's favor at the half.
But the scarlet and gray got off to another quick start in the second half, scoring the first nine points of the period. With 8:55 left to play, the hosts had outscored Erskine 27-10 in the second half.
However, Erskine would not go away quietly, answering with an 11-0 run with nine points on Wright trifectas. The scarlet and gray tightened up defensively down the stretch though, and finished off a 64-51 victory.
Hot shooting (24-of-43, 55.8%) helped Newberry's cause throughout the night, as did a cold night for the Fleet (19-of-58, 32.8%). Newberry turned the ball over 23 times to Erskine's 18, but outrebounded the guests by a 34-27 count. It could have been even worse, as 13 of EC's 27 boards came on the offensive end of the floor.
Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) moved to eighth in the history of the South Atlantic Conference in blocked shots, as he swatted away five Fleet attempts on the night.
Newberry returns to action on Saturday afternoon in Eleazer Arena. The scarlet and gray welcome the Cougars of Carver Bible College (0-8), who play South Carolina State the night before. CBC dropped a 127-82 decision to Columbus State tonight. Tipoff at NC is set for 2 p.m. Fans can listen to Brice Zimmerman's call of the game online at www.WKDK.com or www.RedZoneMedia.com . The game will not be available over the air, as WKDK-AM 1240 is slated to air the Clemson football game.