|January 07, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||MHCM|
|FG Percentage||.534 (31-58)||.392 (29-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.571 (8-14)||.150 (3-20)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (18-27)||.391 (9-23)|
Blake - 2
Domsic - 3
Goodwell - 3
Martin - 3
Polite - 4
MARS HILL, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team moved to 2-1 in South Atlantic Conference play with an 88-70 victory over the Mars Hill College Lions in Stanford Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry (11-2, 2-1 SAC) was paced by a 31-point, seven-rebound performance from senior Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas). Brett Goodwell (Inglewood, Calif.) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards.
Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 14 points.
Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) moved to fourth all-time in the SAC in blocked shots with his first block of the night, and finished the game with four swats. He now has 185 blocks in his career.
Mars Hill (9-3, 0-2 SAC) was led by 14 points from Stoney Polite (Morganton, N.C.) and 13 points from P.J. Gore (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.). Jamarl Glen (District Heights, Md.) netted 12 points off the bench and Akeene Coakley (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) scored eight points and grabbed a game high 15 rebounds.
The scarlet and gray got off to a hot start, jumping out to a quick 15-3 lead in the opening five minutes. Domsic nailed three-pointers on consecutive trips to give Newberry the double digit lead.
But the Lions answered with an 11-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to cut the lead to 15-13 and get themselves back in the game. The hosts traded buckets back and forth with Newberry and took their first lead of the game at 32-31 with 3:30 left in the half on a Glen layup.
Newberry answered with a 9-0 surge to take a 40-32 lead with 1:53 on the clock, but MHC cut the lead to 42-38 as the teams went to the locker room at halftime. Domsic and Martin led all scorers at the break with 12 points apiece, as the scarlet and gray shot 16-of-33 (48.5%) from the floor in the opening stanza, including 6-of-11 (54.5%) from behind the arc.
After a slow start to the second half, Newberry began to pull away. Holding a slim 53-51 lead with 10 minutes to play, the scarlet and gray took off on a 12-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to out the game away capped by a series of transition dunks and layups from Martin and Goodwell.
Mars Hill continued to battle, narrowing the margin to as few as eight points with five minutes left on a three-point play from Glen, but it was not enough, as the scarlet and gray pushed the lead to as many as 20 points in the final minute before leaving the mountains with the 88-70 victory.
Superior shooting from the field helped push Newberry to the win. The guests were 31-of-58 (53.4%) from the floor, as well as 8-of-14 (57.1%) from the land of three. Mars Hill took 16 more shots than NC, but could only make 29-of-74 shots (39.2%) and only 3-of-20 (15.0%) from behind the arc.
Newberry stays on the road in the Tar Heel State this weekend for a Saturday primetime matchup against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. Tipoff in Shuford Memorial Gym in Hickory, N.C., is set for 8 p.m. Mars Hill will be on the road at Carson-Newman at the same time.