|November 18, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||GCSU-M|
|FG Percentage||.448 (30-67)||.588 (30-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.571 (12-21)|
|FT Percentage||.900 (9-10)||.850 (17-20)|
Mikell - 2
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Newberry College men's basketball team led at halftime, but the Georgia College Bobcats shot 65.4% from the floor in the second half to pull away for an 89-77 victory. Newberry's Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) led all scorers with 25 points.
Newberry (0-2) fell behind early but took the lead just after the midpoint of the first half when back-to-back three-pointers by Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) and Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) gave the scarlet and gray a 23-19 lead. The Bobcats (1-0) kept the battle close, but Newberry took a 39-37 lead into the locker room. Newberry forced seven GCSU turnovers in the first half, converting them into 15 points.
It took Newberry only 20 seconds into the second half to take its largest lead of the game on two consecutive Robinson buckets, assisted by good offensive rebounding and a steal by Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.).
But over the next 10 minutes, GCSU went on a massive run where nearly every shot seemed to go in. The Bobcats took the lead with baskets on three straight possessions and extended the lead to 19 points by the 7:22 mark with a 38-13 surge.
The scarlet and gray never gave up despite the Bobcats' hot shooting. With under a minute to go, Newberry cut the deficit to 10 points on a triple from Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.), but late shots to cut the GCSU lead to single digits rattled out to hand Newberry its second straight loss. The Bobcats' outside shooting helped push the lead as they made 8-of-12 three-pointers in the second half, while only 4-of-17 Newberry three-point attempts were successful in the final 20 minutes.
Robinson was the team leader with 25 points and six rebounds. All of his boards came on the offensive end of the floor and he netted 18 points in the second half. Bakinde joined Robinson in double-digit scoring with 12 points, while Aaron Edwards (Duluth, Ga.) scored 12 points off of the bench. Nebwerry shot 90% (9-of-10) from the charity stripe in the game and made 44.8% (30-of-67) of its shots from the floor, but GCSU's 58.8% (30-of-51) shooting performance in the game was too much to overcome.
GCSU was led by 21 points from Martin Graham to lead four double-digit scorers. The two teams will meet up again in Eleazer Arena on December 15.
Newberry returns home this weekend for the first of three consecutive road games. The Saints of North Georgia College and State University will visit Eleazer for a 4 p.m. tipoff on Saturday. GCSU hosts West Georgia that day as well.