|November 24, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ALLENM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.303 (20-66)||.531 (26-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.148 (4-27)||.357 (5-14)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (18-30)||.667 (26-39)|
Littlejohn - 2
Littlejohn - 3
Crawford - 1
Hatcher - 1
Bakinde - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team held the Allen University Yellow Jackets to 22 first half points on the way to a comfortable 83-62 victory in Eleazer Arena Tuesday night.
Newberry (2-2) was led by three double-digit scorers off the bench as the entire roster saw significant playing time in the contest. Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) was the leading scorer with 17 points, while Charles Ndoloum (Montverde, Fla.) scored 11 points in the second half. Rodney Lee (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
Starters Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) and Devante Cutler (Brooklyn. N.Y.) each scored nine points with Barnes snagging six rebounds and Cutler dishing out four assists. Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) had a solid all-around game with eight points, seven assists and six rebounds in just 17 minutes of playing time.
Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) had six points, seven boards and three blocks, while Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) netted eight points and grabbed five boards.
Allen (3-5) was led by 17 points from Byron Littlejohn (Clover, S.C.) and 11 points off the bench by Corey Williams (Mims, Fla.). The loss is the fourth straight defeat for the Yellow Jackets.
The teams traded buckets early on and Allen stayed within two possessions for the first eight minutes of the game until Newberry went on a quick 5-0 run with two Lee free throws and a Huffor three-pointer to extend the lead to 19-8 with 11 minutes left in the first half. Allen made a bucket on the next trip down the floor before a 6-0 Newberry surge that was punctuated with a thunderous alley-oop from Aaron Edwards (Duluth, Ga.) to Lee and a steal with a breakaway dunk by Huffor to make it 25-10 with just under 10 minutes in the half.
Allen kept the margin around 15 points for the next five minutes, but Newberry stepped on the throttle to close out the half, pushing the lead to as many as 24 points before going into the locker room with a 44-22 lead. Robinson and Huffor each had eight points at the break, while Lee had seven points and five rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets got within 19 points in the first three minutes of the second half, but the scarlet and gray outscored them 9-2 in the next two minutes to push the lead to 55-29 with 14:28 to play. The lead touched 30 points for the first time at the 8:50 mark when a pair of Ndoloum free throws made it 68-38.
Newberry led by 31 points with 4:05 left in the game before Allen's surge towards to the end. The Yellow Jackets outscored Newberry 17-7 in that span, but it was far too little far too late to make a difference.
Newberry shot a stellar 53.1% (26-of-49) from the floor and connected on 66.7% (26-of-39) of their free throws in a game that saw 51 combined fouls and 69 shots from the charity stripe. The scarlet and gray defense held Allen to 30.3% (20-of-66) from the floor and only 4-of-27 (14.8%) from behind the arc.
The scarlet and gray close out the three-game home stand on Saturday against the Tigers of Voorhees College. Tipoff is set for approximately 4 p.m. in Eleazer Arena as the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.