|December 01, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||UCF|
|FG Percentage||.439 (25-57)||.500 (33-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.462 (6-13)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (7-10)||.533 (8-15)|
Cutler - 7
Clanton - 9
Davis - 1
Huffor - 1
Cutler - 1
Bakinde - 1
Tyler - 1
Clanton - 1
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Newberry College men's basketball team took on one of the toughest challenges in program history and performed admirably in a 80-62 loss to the University of Central Florida at UCF Arena on Tuesday night. Newberry drops to 3-3 overall while UCF moves to 6-1.
Newberry was led by Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon), who netted 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) scored 11 points, while Rodney Lee (Sarasota, Fla.) was good for 10 points. Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Devante Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished out six assists and grabbed seven boards.
UCF was paced by 16 points and nine rebounds from Clemson transfer A.J. Tyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.). Taylor Young (Orlando, Fla.) scored 11 and Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) scored 10 off the bench.
The Knights took off early and did not allow Newberry to score for the first five minutes of the game, with NC's first points coming on a Robinson tip-in to make it an 8-2 game. A Young three-pointer stretched the lead to double digits with 11:02 left in the first half, but the scarlet and gray responded strongly.
Newberry scored nine consecutive points to cut the lead to a single point at 19-18 with 8:59 left in the half on a Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) three-pointer. However, the Knights closed out the half on 23-8 run to take a 42-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. UCF shot 50% (17-of-34) from the floor in the half and made 5-of-6 three-point attempts to extend the lead, while Newberry connected on 1-of-8 treys in the opening 20 minutes.
The teams battled back and forth in the opening minutes of the second half, but a 7-0 Newberry run in the span of just over a minute cut the lead to 10 points with 17 minutes remaining in the game. But the Knights forced 10 Newberry turnovers in the half and once again shot 50% from the field to hold Newberry at bay. UCF pushed the lead to 20 points, but Newberry never stopped battling until the final buzzer with Carlnel Williams (North Augusta, S.C.) and David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) making dunks in the final minute and a half after scrapping for the ball in tough situations.
In the first matchup between a South Atlantic Conference school and a Conference USA school, Newberry showed plenty of bright spots as the scarlet and gray prepare for their SAC opener on Friday. Newberry made 50% (14-of-28) shots in the second half and outrebounded the Knights by a 40-31 margin, including 12 offensive rebounds that resulted in 15 second-chance points.
Despite the challenge of playing in the second-largest arena Newberry has ever played in with a hostile crowd on live television, the scarlet and gray were not fazed and continued to play hard until the final buzzer sounded. Newberry also adjusted well to early problems and limited Isaac Sosa - one of the hottest three-point shooters in the nation - to only two three-point baskets in the contest.
A new challenge begins on Friday as the scarlet and gray hit the road once again, this time to open SAC play against the Wingate Bulldogs. Tipoff in Wingate's Cuddy Arena is set for approximately 8 p.m. Friday as the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.