|January 03, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||C-NM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.471 (24-51)||.485 (32-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (6-14)||.500 (7-14)|
|FT Percentage||.633 (19-30)||.720 (18-25)|
Goodwell - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team picked up its first South Atlantic Conference victory of the season with an 89-73 win over visiting Carson-Newman College at Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry (10-2, 1-1 SAC) was paced by senior forward Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), whoscored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven boards and also blocked four shots.
Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) scored 13 points and had six rebounds, and Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) joined him in double digit territory with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 12 points off the bench, while Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) blocked five shots to move into a tie for fourth place in South Atlantic Conference history in that category.
Carson-Newman (4-9, 1-1 SAC) was led by Bobby Guyton (Jesup, Ga.), who had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead his team in both categories. Adam Plavich (Dalton, Ga.) was the only other Eagle in double figures with 14 points.
Newberry jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the opening minutes thanks to six C-N turnovers before a Plavich three-pointer got the guests on the board. That trifecta started a 9-2 Carson-Newman run that was capped when Guyton's three-point play gave the Eagles a 9-8 lead.
Wheeler answered with a layup, and the scarlet and gray would not trail again in the contest. The hosts pushed their first half lead to as many as 16 points, when Wheeler's three-pointer with 9:23 left in the half ended an 8-0 run that gave NC a 38-22 lead. Newberry failed to connect on a field goal attempt in the final five minutes of the half, but still took a 52-38 lead into the locker room thanks in part to 17 points off of turnovers in the half.
Carson-Newman cut the lead to single digits five minutes into the half, as a pair of free throws from Joey Cameron (Tuskegee, Ala.) narrowed the deficit to 56-47 with 15:17 to play. But solid Newberry defense over the next ten minutes sealed the victory, leading by as many as 22 in the second period.
The Eagles averaged 69.6 shots taken per game entering the contest, but 19 turnovers and Newberry defense saw C-N take only 51 shots in the game. Newberry shot well thoroughout the game to help extend leads, as the scarlet and gray connected on 32-of-66 shots (48.5%) in the game.
Newberry also used a distinct advantage on the boards to keep the ball out of the hands of the Eagles, as the scarlet and gray outrebounded their opponents, 43-29, including a 43-29 edge on the offensive boards.
The scarlet and gray end this seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record, including four straight victories at the end of the stand.
Newberry hits the road for the first time since late November for its next game, a Wednesday night SAC battle against the Lions of Mars Hill College (9-2, 0-1 SAC) at Stanford Arena in Mars Hill, N.C. Tipoff in the second game of the doubleheader with the women's team is slated for approximately 8 p.m. Carson-Newman is off for a week before hosting MHC next Saturday night.