|November 06, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||FUR|
|FG Percentage||.328 (19-58)||.508 (31-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.500 (13-26)|
|FT Percentage||.735 (25-34)||.593 (16-27)|
REDDICK - 2
GREENVILLE, S.C. - In its first public appearance of the 2009-10 season, the Newberry College men's basketball team dropped an exhibition game to the Furman Paladins, 91-68, at Timmons Arena on Friday night.
Newberry was led by 20 points and 6 rebounds from Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon), who had 17 points at halftime. Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) scored 13 points as the scarlet and gray's other double-digit scorer.
Furman was led by Jordan Miller's 20 points on the strength of his 6-for-11 performance from three-point land. Justin Dehm was good for 15 points and Ama Saaku scored 13 points.
The turnover battle was even and the Paladins only out-rebounded Newberry by a 42-41 margin, but the Furman defense held Newberry to 25% (8-of-32) shooting in the second half.
"Their defensive pressure and intensity took our young guards out of what we were trying to do," said head coach Steve DeMeo. "Defensively, we have to stop the ball better, as they got some transition points that we didn't give up in the first two scrimmages this season.
"But I'm happy that we were pretty much even with them on the boards. This game is a good learning tool for our guys. We're very young in the backcourt and every game will be like a new class for them. We have a lot to learn, but we took a lot of good things out of this game," DeMeo added.
Newberry took the lead out of the gate on a Huffor free throw and a Bakinde jumper before Furman scored six straight to take the lead. However, a Huffor tryey tied the game at 8-all entering the first media timeout. Newberry had the game tied as late as the 12-minute mark before the Paladins outscored Newberry 20-10 over the next eight minutes.
Bakinde made two free throws with 38.4 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to eight points, but Neil Duval connected on a jumper in the paint with 2 seconds left to put Furman up 43-33 at the half.
The Paladins shot a scorching 57.7% (15-26) in the opening 20 minutes to hold that lead including 66.7% (6-9) from beyond the arc.
Furman pulled away by scoring the first six points of the half and holding the scarlet and gray off the board until Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) hit a jumper four minutes into the half.
Newberry was only able to score nine points in the first 10 minutes of the half while Furman netted 18 points to stretch the lead to 18 points.
A Miller three-pointer gave Furman its largest lead at 27 points with 8:11 to play, but over the course of the next six minutes Newberry chipped away at the lead.
From the 3:31 mark until there was 2:21 left in the game, Newberry scored nine straight points to cut the deficit to 17 points, including seven points from Huffor.
Unfortunately for the guests, two Devante Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) free throws were Newberry's only remaining points as the Paladins earned the win.
Both teams showed the need for early season refinement as they both turned the ball over 22 times, with Furman scoring 31 points off of turnovers and Newberry scoring 27 points on takeaways. Newberry scored 25 points off the bench.
The scarlet and gray will open the regular season on Monday, November 16, against the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University. Tipoff in Eleazer Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.