December 02, 20081st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceLMCNEWM
FG Percentage.322 (19-59) .531 (26-49)
3P FG Percentage.290 (9-31) .333 (4-12)
FT Percentage1.000 (8-8) .833 (10-12)
Offensive Rebounds96
Defensive Rebounds1830
Total Rebounds2736
Bench Points723
PointsWoodacre - 20
Domsic - 14
Goodwell - 14
Martin - 14
ReboundsBoardman - 7
Goodwell - 10
AssistsBenjamin - 3
Willey - 3
Haymer - 3
Valiulis - 6
StealsWoodacre - 2
Willey - 2
Martin - 4
BlocksYouse - 3
Johnson - 7

Newberry men battle back from halftime deficit to earn 66-55 win over Lees-McRae
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 | by Goodwell earns second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team moved to 6-0 on the season with a 66-55 comeback victory over Lees-McRae at Eleazer Arena on Tuesday night. Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) led Newberry with his second consecutive double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Goodwell tied for the team lead in scoring, as he, Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) and Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) each scored 14 points.

Junior Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) came alive with nine points, five rebounds and a season-high seven blocks off the bench.

Lees-McRae (0-7) was led by 20 points from Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, Tenn.), who also collected six rebounds. Woodacre was the only Bobcat in double figures as Newberry limited the guests to 32.3% (19-of-59) shooting on the night.

After a series of five straight wins to start the season where they trailed for less than a total of three minutes, the scarlet and gray found themselves in a battle throughout the first half. LMC took the first lead of the game almost immediately after the opening tip when Aaron Willey (Kingsport, Tenn.) threw down a dunk on an assist from Nick DeSchepper (Fishers, Ind.).

Newberry answered back, as the two sides traded buckets until a small NC run was capped by a Domsic triple to put the hosts up 14-8 with 14:20 left until the half. The visitors cut the lead to three, but Newberry took its largest lead of the opening stanza at the 11:43 mark, when Goodwell's layup gave Newberry a 21-13 lead.

But the good news in the first half stopped there, as Newberry would only scored five more points until the break. The Bobcats went on a 15-0 lead to flip the margin to seven points with just over three minutes left. A three-point play from Johnson and a Goodwell layup made the halftime margin 28-26 in Lees-McRae's favor; the first time Newberry trailed at the break this season.

After allowing a Kyle Boardman (Clemmons, N.C.) layup to put LMC up 30-26, Newberry cut down on the offensive mistakes to begin to pull away. A Goodwell dunk followed by Vytautas Valiulis' (Vilnius, Lithuania) steal and breakaway layup tied the game at 30-all with 16:39 to go.

Newberry immediately pushed the lead to five, but the guests answered back with a 7-0 run highlighted by a three-pointer from Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) that put Lees-McRae up 39-37. Domsic immediately responded with one of his four trifectas, and Newberry wouldn't trail again.

From a 42-42 tie with 8:43 to play, Newberry outscored the Bobcats 24-13 and allowed only three field goals, all of which came from behind the arc. After shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, the hosts managed to improve upon that by shooting 55.6% (15-of-27) from the floor in the second half.

Newberry shot a total of 53.1% (26-of-49) from the floor on the night, and still have a shooting percentage of 50.9% after six contests. On the defensive end of the floor, the scarlet and gray have still not allowed 60 points in a game, and are holding opponents to a paltry 31.3% shooting.

Valiulis dished out a season-high six assists, while Martin earned four steals to help the Newberry team get to its best start since the 1976-77 season.

That 1976-77 season started the season with 36 consecutive wins before bowing out to Central Washington in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City to finish the year 36-1.

Newberry will look to put its seventh straight win on the ledger this Saturday with its toughest test thus far this season. The South Atlantic Conference schedule begins at approximately 4 p.m. that day in Eleazer Arena, as the scarlet and gray host the Bulldogs of Wingate University (4-3), who have won four consecutive games. The men's contest is the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team. Lees-McRae hosts Chowan that day.