December 30, 20081st2nd1OT Final
St. Andrews Presbyterian3634474
Stats at a GlanceSAPCMNEWM
FG Percentage.475 (29-61) .444 (28-63)
3P FG Percentage.500 (12-24) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.444 (4-9) .577 (15-26)
Offensive Rebounds1612
Defensive Rebounds2720
Total Rebounds4332
Bench Points3422
PointsGripper - 22
Valiulis - 16
ReboundsGripper - 10
Goodwell - 8
Martin - 8
AssistsDiBenedetto - 3
Gripper - 3
Valiulis - 6
StealsGripper - 1
Valiulis - 5
BlocksGoodwell - 3
Johnson - 3
Newberry men close out 2008 calendar year with 76-74 OT win over St. Andrews

Newberry men close out 2008 calendar year with 76-74 OT win over St. Andrews
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | by Valiulis leads scarlet and gray with 16 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball put the wraps on the 2008 holiday season Tuesday, as they battled to a 76-74 overtime victory over the visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian College Knights in Eleazer Arena.

Newberry (9-2) was led by a solid all-around performance from senior point guard Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania), who scored a season high 16 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and five steals without turning the ball over in the contest.

Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla) scored 14 points off the bench, including a crucial jumper in the lane in overtime that tied the game up for the 11th time in the game. Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) scored 11 points, including the game-winning tip-in with 1:07 left in the extra frame, and also grabbed eight rebounds.

Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) also scored 11 points, while Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) rounded out double digit scorers with 10 points and eight rebounds.

St. Andrews (2-6) was paced by a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench from senior guard Joesph Gripper (Charlotte, N.C.). Zack Garst (Huntersville, N.C.) scored 16 points and Colby Poe (Bennettsville, S.C.) netted 12.

Both teams had issues scoring early, as shots struggled to fall on both sides of the court. But Newberry was slightly more successful in the early stages, taking a 7-2 lead with 14:32 left in the first half. SAPC slowly chipped away at the lead, and pulled out in front for the first time at the 9:45 mark, when a three-pointer from Kurt Fenderbosch (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) gave the Knights a 17-16 lead.

The two sides traded buckets back and forth until the final four minutes of the half, when SAPC went on a 7-0 run that helped allow the Knights to take a 36-31 advantage to the locker room.

But the scarlet and gray quickly erased the deficit as they came out on a 6-0 run, capped by a Wheeler trifecta that gave NC a 37-36 lead with 17:31 to play. The Knights pulled back out to a five-point lead before Newberry went on a big run.

Newberry outscored its guests, 21-8, over a six minute span to pull out to a 64-53 lead with 6:55 left on a Wheeler layup. That would be Newberry's largest lead of the game, as SAPC answered with a run of its own, outscoring Newberry 13-2 in the next five minutes to tie the game at 66-all with 1:37 to play in regulation.

With the game tied at 70-70, Valiulis drew a foul with two seconds on the clock, but was unable to sink either free throw, sending the game to the extra frame.

Garst scored the first four points of the overtime, but a dunk from Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.), a Domsic jumper in the paint and Goodwell's tip-in with 1:07 to play gave Newberry its ninth victory of the season.

The Knights held advantages in shooting percentage (47.5% to 44.4%) and rebounding (43 to 32), but Newberry forced 23 SAPC turnovers, while coughing the ball up a season-low eight times to help earn the win. Newberry nabbed 15 steals to the Knights' one.

Newberry closes a seven game homestand on Saturday at 4 p.m., as the scarlet and gray return to South Atlantic Conference play against Carson-Newman College. St. Andrews plays at Lees-McRae Saturday.