|December 12, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LU|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.569 (33-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.190 (4-21)||.500 (8-16)|
|FT Percentage||.563 (9-16)||.565 (13-23)|
Bailey - 4
Pope - 4
Bailey - 2
Pope - 2
Young - 2
GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team struggled mightily in the opening half of Saturday's game at Lander, digging a hole that was too big to climb out of and losing to the Bearcats, 87-55, at Horne Arena on Saturday evening.
Newberry (3-5) drops its third straight game to start a stretch of four games in seven days. Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) was the only Newberry player in double digits, netting 17 points and snagging four steals. Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) grabbed 10 rebounds.
Lander (4-2) wins its fourth straight game with five players in double digits led by 15 points from Greg Smalls (Charleston, S.C.). The Bearcats forced 21 Newberry turnovers in the game and scored 17 points off of Newberry giveaways in the first half.
The first half set the tone for the game and put the Bearcats far ahead at the break. Lander jumped out to a small lead early that was narrowed to 10-6 with 15:14 to play on a Bakinde bucket. Unfortunately for the scarlet and gray, it would be eight and a half minutes before Newberry scored again on a jumper by Devante Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.), with Lander going on a 19-0 run and leading 29-8 with 6:44 left in the half.
The points did not come any easier in the rest of the half, as Newberry managed only 16 points in the period and trailed by 29 points at the break. Lander shot 47.1% (16-of-34) in the first half compared to only 23.1% (6-of-26) from the guests.
In contrast, the second half was much more evenly played. Newberry only turned the ball over seven times in the half and shot 51.7% (15-of-29) in the period including 11 points from Huffor. The Bearcats pulled away to lead by as many as 40 points in the game, but Newberry cut the margin down to 30 before eventually falling by the 87-55 score line.
Newberry returns home to Eleazer Arena for the first time this month for a Tuesday matinee against the Georgia College and State Bobcats. Newberry dropped an 89-77 decision to GCSU in Milledgeville earlier this season. Tipoff for the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team is set for approximately 4 p.m.