|November 25, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||ALLEN|
|FG Percentage||.519 (28-54)||.328 (21-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (3-9)||.200 (5-25)|
|FT Percentage||.773 (17-22)||.632 (12-19)|
Alexander - 8
Overmyer - 3
Littlejohn - 3
Johnson - 2
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team ran its season opening winning streak to four games with a 76-59 victory over Allen University at the John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium on Tuesday night.
Newberry (4-0) hs won four games to open the season for the first time since 1981-82. Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) led the scarlet and gray with 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals on the night.
Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the contest. The pair were joined in double digit scoring by Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) with 13 points and Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Matt Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) dished out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with four points.
Allen's starting lineup only generated 13 points, but Morton Dowdy (Goldston, N.C.) scored 14 points to lead the Yellow Jackets off the bench. Corey Williams (Mims, Fla.) netted 12 points, while Karim Rodriguez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 11.
The Yellow Jackets became the first team to lead Newberry at any point this season, as Jeremy Crawford (Atlanta, Ga.) scored on AU's first possession. A three-pointer by Byron Littlejohn (Clover, S.C.) gave the Jackets a 5-0 lead. However, layups by Alexander, Goodwell and Wheeler put Newberry ahead at 6-5.
Crawford scored in the paint with 17:13 remaining, but that would be the last time Allen threatened or led. Newberry rattled off the next 13 points, keeping the Jackets off of the board for over four minutes. Allen managed to cut the deficit to as few as nine points with 8:30 left in the stanza, but the scarlet and gray pushed the lead to 17 when a late Goodwell lay-in gave Newberry the 39-22 halftime advantage.
Newberry continued to outshoot its foe in the early stages of the second half, and a layup by Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) at the 15:53 mark made it a 49-26 game, giving Newberry its largest lead of the game at 23 points.
From there, the Jackets stepped up an already intense defensive pressure, forcing Newberry into a multitude of turnovers. Those miscues continually took their toll, as a free throw by Chavis Darby (York, S.C.) cut the advantage to 12 points at 56-44 with seven and a half minutes remaining.
But Newberry responded in turn, going on a 15-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to push the game out of reach. Martin's three-point play with 1:53 left gave Newberry a 71-46 lead, with that 25-point margin turning out to be the largest lead of the contest.
The hosts did not give up though, and Rodriguez' three-pointer at the buzzer gave Allen the most points by a Newberry opponent in the first four games. A foe of the scarlet and gray has yet to break to 60-point barrier this year.
Newberry outrebounded its hosts, 47-29, although both teams collected 14 offensive boards. The tough defense by AU did not draw foul calls that Newberry has seen in other gyms this year, and forced NC into 33 turnovers. However, Newberry forced the Jackets into 26 miscues of their own. Newberry blocked five shots to Allen's four, and moved the ball well, creating 19 assists.
The scarlet and gray will look for a 5-0 start to match the 1981-82 squad on Saturday. Newberry travels to Gaffney for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against Limestone College (2-0). Allen plays at Francis Marion (4-0) at 4 p.m. Saturday.