|February 07, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LRU||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.367 (18-49)||.364 (16-44)|
|3P FG Percentage||.182 (2-11)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (28-32)||.621 (18-29)|
Goodwell - 2
Martin - 2
Johnson - 2
Watson - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - A late second half surge was too much for the Newberry College men's basketball team to overcome, as the visiting Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears emerged from Eleazer Arena with a 66-55 win.
Newberry (16-6, 6-5 SAC) was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas). Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) blocked three shots to earn his 213th career block and move into second place all-time in the history of the South Atlantic Conference.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-9, 7-4 SAC) was paced by 18 points from Elliott McDowell (Canton, N.C.). D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) and Marcus Hodges (Wake Forest, N.C.) scored 13 apiece.
Newberry jumped to a lead quickly in the first half, as a three-pointer from Jesse Wheeler (Suwanee, Ga.) put the hosts up 8-2 in the first few minutes. But Lenoir-Rhyne answered with an 8-0 run to take a 10-8 lead with 14:12 left in the opening period. From there, the two teams traded punches, with neither side able to open up a lead of more than three points. A pair of Hodges free throws with 27 seconds left gave the BEars a 30-28 lead at the break,
The two teams were tied ith 17 minutes left, but a 10-0 Bears' run over the next 2:19 put the guests ahead as the Bears forced four Newberry turnovers and scored eight points off of those miscues in the run.
The scarlet and gray responded with an 11-3 surge that cut the deficit to two points with 7:45 to play. But Newberry was unable to connect on chances down the stretch, while the Bears were 20-of-22 from the free throw line in the second half to pull out the 11-point win. Newberry was only 10-of-18 from the charity stripe in the second period, making it tougher to close any gaps.
Newberry will look to rebound from its two-game losing streak on the road next week, as the scarlet and gray visit Catawba College for an 8 p.m. Wednesday tipoff.