|December 13, 2008||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NGCSUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.526 (30-57)||.411 (23-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.211 (4-19)|
|FT Percentage||.882 (15-17)||.500 (13-26)|
TEAM - 6
Trice - 2
Morgan - 2
Lyons - 2
Valiulis - 6
Rowe - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - A late first half run by North Georgia put Newberry in a hole it couldn't dig out of, as the Saints came away with an 82-63 victory in men's basketball action in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry (6-2) drops its second straight contest after winning six straight to start the season. Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) led the scarlet and gray with 27 points and six rebounds. Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) added 12 points, while Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) and Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) each dished out six assists.
North Georgia (4-0) had four starters put double digits on the board led by Michael Moynihan (Alpharetta, Ga.) who scored 20 points. LaBrian Lyons (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) scored 17, while Andre Morgan (Buford, Ga.) netted 14 and Myron Talbert (St. Petersburg, Fla.) put up 11.
Newberry took a 4-2 lead early in the contest on a Goodwell dunk and a Wheeler jumper. A pair of Moynihan free throws tied the game up before Goodwell's second basket put Newberry back ahead. But a Lyons layup tied it up, and a three-point play from Moynihan put the Saints up for good.
A 9-0 run put North Georgia up 13-6, but Newberry brought it back within four on three more Goodwell points. The two sides continue to trade possessions, but North Georgia three-pointers countered Newberry two-pointers and turnovers.
The Saints then went on a 19-3 surge that spanned five minutes and put North Georgia up, 43-19, with four and a half minutes left in the half. However, Newberry tightened the screws defensively and went into the break trailing 45-25 after limiting the Saints to only one more bucket in the period.
The 20-point halftime deficit did not deter the scarlet and gray from playing intense basketball in the second half. NGCSU scored the first six points of the half and pushed the lead to as many as 26. But Newberry continued to battle and used superior post play to continue to chip away at the lead. The Saints led 67-46 with 9:55 to play, but Newberry went on an 13-4 run that brought the hosts to within 12 points at 71-59 with 5:37 to play.
But that momentum was cut short by the Saints, who held the ball until late in the shot clock and made tough shots to stretch the lead back to 19 with four minutes left. From there, the two sides traded points to get to the 82-63 final.
Newberry came out of the locker room refocused on the task at hand, and outscored NGCSU 38-37 in the second half. After connecting on only 9-of-29 shots (31.0%) in the first half, Newberry went 14-of-27 (51.9%) in the second half for a total of 41.6% from the floor. The Saints connected on 30-of-57 (52.6%) of their attempt and missed only two free throws.
Newberry will look to return to the winning track on Tuesday, as the scarlet and gray host Limestone College for a 6 p.m. tipoff in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team. North Georgia opens Peach Belt Conference play at undefeated Francis Marion on Monday night.