|January 17, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ALLEN||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.317 (19-60)||.533 (32-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.133 (2-15)||.300 (6-20)|
|FT Percentage||.655 (19-29)||.762 (16-21)|
Dawkins - 5
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team pulled away in the latter stages of the first half and never looked back in an 86-59 victory over the Allen University Yellow Jackets in Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry (13-3 overall) was led by senior all-SAC forward Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas), who scored 25 points and nine rebounds, both of which were team highs.
Sophomore guard Grant Domsic (Winter Garden, Fla.) scored 12 points and senior guard Matt Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor.
Newberry, which led the nation in blocked shots per game entering the week, swatted away 12 Yellow Jacket shots in the game, including six blocks from junior forward Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.). Johnson now has 195 career blocks, putting him in third place all-time in South Atlantic Conference history. The only man standing between Johnson and second place is Ryan Pitts, who blocked 211 shots at Lenoir-Rhyne from 2000-04.
Allen (2-14) was led by Chavis Darby (York, S.C.), who had a double-double off of the bench with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Morton Dowdy (Goldston, N.C.) scored 16 points and Martavious Wimberley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) scored 10 points.
Newberry jumped out quickly in the game's opening two minutes, taking an early 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets battled back and tied the game at 18-18 with 9:11 left in the first half, but from thereon out it was all scarlet and gray.
Over the next three and a half minutes, Newberry exploded for a 15-0 run to take a 34-19 lead at the 5:48 mark on a pair of Martin free throws. The scarlet and gray were a perfect 6-of-8 from the charity stripe during the run.
Allen cut the lead to 14 in the final four minutes of the half, but Newberry extended the lead to 19 points at the break when Vytautas Valiulis (Vilnius, Lithuania) netted a fastbreak layup in the closing seconds of the half for a 46-27 halftime lead.
The Yellow Jackets' Demetrice Terrell (Atlanta, Ga.) opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer, but Newberry took off on a 14-3 surge to put the game further out of reach. The run featured balanced scoring from the starting five and a thunderous windmill dunk from Martin.
Newberry's lead was narrowed to as few as 23 points, but that would be as close as the Jackets could get as the NC reserves got their opportunity to impress the home crowd with extended playing time. The scarlet and gray took their largest lead of the game at 33 points with 2:47 left when Phillip Udom (Imo, Nigeria) scored an old-fashioned three-point play to put Newberry up 86-53.
Newberry had an excellent offensive game, limiting Allen to 19-of-60 (31.7%) shooting, forcing 24 turnovers and blocking 12 shots. Things worked well on the offensive end of the floor as well, as the scarelt and gray shot 32-of-60 (53.3%) from the floor, with 21 assists on the 32 made shots. Valiulis and Will Dawkins (Spartanburg, S.C.) split time at point guard and each had five assists to tie for the team lead.
The scarlet and gray hit the road next week as they return to South Atlantic Conference action. Newberry will take on Tusculum College on Wednesday iin Greeneville, Tenn. Tipoff between Newberry and the Pioneers is set for 8 p.m. in Pioneer Arena.