|December 18, 2008||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.358 (24-67)||.620 (31-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.455 (5-11)|
|FT Percentage||.650 (13-20)||.625 (20-32)|
Goodwell - 7
Carlton - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball used a 24-4 second half run to propel themselves into the holiday break with a boost of confidence and an 87-67 win over the visiting Lander Bearcats in Eleazer Arena on Thursday.
Newberry (8-2) followed 27 points from Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) and a 25 point, seven rebound and five assist performance from Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) to its second consecutive victory.
Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) netted 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks, while Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out a season-high nine assists, while Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) made four blocks in the game.
Lander (5-2) was led by Houston Wright (Jacksonville, Fla.), who scored 22 points, and 10 points from Kevin Kelley (Holly Springs, N.C.).
The Bearcats started the game on a tear, scoring the first seven points on the way to a quick 9-4 lead in the first two and a half minutes. But Newberry quickly and emphatically answered with a 17-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to take a 21-9 lead.
From there, the half was a back-and-forth battle, and it looked as if Newberry would take a 10-point lead into the locker room when Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) nailed a three-pointer from the corner with 4 seconds left. But Kelley came down and made a running triple from half-court, to cut Newberry's advantage to seven points at 42-35 at the half.
Lander used the momentum from the late basket in the early stages of the second half. A layup from Curtis Milner (Clover, S.C.) cut the lead to five on the first possession, and Wright bucket on the next possession cut it to three. Newberry pushed back to a six-point lead at 47-41, before a 7-0 surge by the Bearcats was capped with a dunk by Brenton Harris (Hephzibah, Ga.) to give Lander a 48-47 lead.
But from that point on, the Newberry squad poured it on with an efficiency that had yet to be seen from the scarlet and gray. A 50-49 lead by Lander with 15 minutes to play was turned into a 65-50 Newberry advantage in just five minutes, as Newberry outscored its guests 16-0 in that span.
The Bearcats made a free throw, but were held without a made field goal for 8:18. Newberry pushed the lead to as many as 25 (85-60 at the 2:09 mark), before ending at the 87-67 final score.
Newberry was a scorching 31-of-50 (62.0%) from the floor, while limiting Lander to 24-of-67 (35.8%). The hosts outrebounded the Bearcats by a slim 37-35 margin, but 22 of Lander's boards were on the offensive end of the floor. Newberry blocked nine shots and stole the ball 12 times in the game.
Newberry will take an 11-day hiatus for the Christmas break, and will return to action on Tuesday, December 30, with a 4 p.m. tipoff against St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Lander returns to action at Columbus State on January 3, 2009.