|December 15, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||GCSU-M||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.553 (26-47)||.580 (29-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.615 (8-13)||.632 (12-19)|
|FT Percentage||.708 (17-24)||.600 (6-10)|
Thomas - 6
Rowland - 3
Lee - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team shot an impressive 58.0% (29-of-50) from the floor and had 19 points from Coleman Young, but the hot-shooting Georgia College Bobcats emerged from Eleazer Arena with a 77-76 win after shooting 70.0% (14-of-20) in the second half.
Newberry (3-6) led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but the Bobcats were a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the second half and a made free throw by Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) with 2.0 seconds on the clock gave GCSU the season sweep.
Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) had a career day by connecting on all six of his field goal attempts, including a perfect 5-for-5 day from three-point land. He had 17 points in just nine first half minutes.
Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) was also perfect from the floor, making all five of his field goal attempts en route to a 14-point game. Rodney Lee (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 11 points off of the bench and Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) rounded out Newberry's double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) filled up the box score with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, while Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) led the team with seven assists. The scarlet and gray's ball movement was impressive throughout the game as Newberry notched 23 assists on 29 made field goals.
GCSU (6-1) was led by 17 points from Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) off the bench, with starter Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) and reserve Robert Thomas (Mankato, Minn.) each netting 15 points. Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) also scored 11 points to help the Bobcats' cause.
The Bobcats entered the day ranked 18th nationally in the NABC coaches' poll, but dropped out of the rankings just prior to tipoff.
Newberry led for the entirety of the first half, starting with a three-pointer from Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) on the game's opening possession. The Bobcats kept the game within one score until the Coleman Young scoring spree began. Newberry held a 9-7 lead before Young connected from the land of three on three straight trips down the floor. Young's personal run was interrupted by a Thomas layup, but Young then made two free throws and followed that with treys on consecutive trips to push the lead to 26-9.
By the time Young nailed his fifth three-pointer of the game, Newberry held a 17-point lead with 17 points coming from the hot-shooting redshirt freshman. GCSU picked its scoring pace back up, but the lead was pushed to 20 points when Robinson's free throw at the 4:52 mark made it a 39-19 game.
But the Bobcats clawed back, ending the half on a 16-4 run. Rowland made 2-of-3 free throws with 44 seconds left in the half to cut Newberry's lead to 43-35 as the teams went to the locker room. Newberry shot a stellar 61.5% (16-of-26) from the field in the opening half and was 8-of-12 (66.7%) from behind the arc in the opening period.
It didn't take long for Georgia College to cut the deficit to one possession as Mikell went on a personal 5-0 run in the first minute of the half to make it a 43-40 contest. The Bobcats battled Newberry tough, but did not take the lead for the first time until the 5:50 mark when a Rowland triple made it a 67-66 game. Two Rowland free throws and five points from Graham gave GCSU its largest lead of the game at the 2:32 mark at 74-66.
Barnes started Newberry's last gasp rally with a three-pointer and a Bakinde tip-in after a blocked shot on the next possession cut the lead to three points. GCSU's Thomas made a pair of free throws and Robinson responded with a layup to make it 76-73 with 1:07 to play.
Georgia College's Josh Hurst lost the ball in traffic on the inbounds play, but redeemed himself with a steal on the other end of the floor. Mikell was fouled, but missed both free throws, giving Newberry another chance. On the next trip down the floor Robinson connected on an old fashioned three-point play to tie the game at 76-all with 28 seconds to play.
The Bobcats ran the clock down as late as possible on their ensuing possession with Hurst drawing a foul in the paint with 2.0 seconds remaining. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but Robinson's desperation heave from 75 feet away fell short to give GCSU the win.
Newberry shot a sparkling 54.2% (13-of-24) in the second half including a 57.1% (4-of-7) rate from behind the arc in the second half, but the Bobcats made their opportunities at the charity stripe count. GCSU made 10-of-13 free throws and committed only four fouls in the half. Newberry only had six chances at the free throw line, of which the scarlet and gray connected on three.
Newberry must respond quickly, as it is only two days before the scarlet and gray's next game. NC will hit the road to Central, S.C., for a Thursday night game against Southern Wesleyan University. Tipoff in historic Tysinger Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. GCSU is off until after Christmas.