|December 06, 2008||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WUMBB||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.350 (21-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.150 (3-20)|
|FT Percentage||.517 (15-29)||.742 (23-31)|
Villines - 4
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team was held to 35 percent shooting from the floor as the scarlet and gray dropped their South Atlantic Conference opener to Wingate, 75-68, on Saturday in Eleazer Arena.
Newberry (6-1, 0-1 SAC) was led by 20 points from senior forward Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), while junior forward Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) netted his third consecutive double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) scored 10 points and led the team with three assists and three steals.
Wingate (5-3, 1-0 SAC) won its fifth consecutive game behind a 16-point performance from David Johnson (Durham, N.C.). Jamie Vaughn (McDonough, Ga.) scored 14 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, while Ben Davis (Chapel Hill, N.C.) added 12. Kenny Villines (Fayetteville, N.C.) was a force on the inside, grabbing 16 rebounds, while DeMario Mattox (Rocky Mount, Va.) dished out six assists.
Newberry got off to an early lead on Martin's layup on the opening possession, but six Mattox points to start the Bulldog scoring put the guests ahead for good. A fastbreak layup from Martin got the hosts within one point with 15 minutes left in the half before WU went on a 9-2 run to lead by eight with 11:34 left in thee opening stanza.
The Bulldogs would lead by 11 on a Johnson three-pointer with 4:36, but Newberry fought back with an 8-2 run to trail 33-29 at the break. High pressure defenses on both sides saw the squads each have 12 turnovers at the half.
Newberry took under two minutes to tie the game back up on a Martin lay-in with 18:18 left, but could not get back in front. Wingate quickly answered with a 7-0 run to take a 42-35 lead with 16 minutes to play. The Bulldogs continued to extend the lead and took their largest lead of the game at 63-48 with 7:24 left.
But the scarlet and gray continued to battle in an attempt to maintain their previously undefeated record. A 7-1 run got the deficit under 10 points with five minutes left, and a Goodwell free throw cut the lead to seven points with 3:44 to play. However, the Bulldogs' ensuing 5-0 run that ran under the two-minute mark would put the game out of reach. Alexander nailed a three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to make the final margin only seven points.
Wingate's defensive pressure and physicality forced 24 Newberry turnovers, 15 of which were WU steals. The scarlet and gray will look to improve on ball control in the upcoming games which will serve as tuneups for conference play.
Newberry will take a week off for finals before hosting the Saints of North Georgia College and State University next weekend. Saturday's tipoff is set for 4 p.m.