|December 17, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||SWUM|
|FG Percentage||.356 (21-59)||.354 (23-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (6-20)||.118 (2-17)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (20-30)||.727 (16-22)|
Duck - 3
Wilson - 3
Smith - 2
Bakinde - 3
CENTRAL, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up its first road win of the season with a hard-fought 68-64 victory over the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University.
Newberry (4-6) was led by the second double-double of the season from Rodney Lee (Sarasota, Fla.), who recorded a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. No other player scored in double figures for the scarlet and gray, but Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) scored eight points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench.
Southern Wesleyan (6-4) was once again led by Nikola Lambic (Zrenjanin, Serbia), who scored 20 points off of the bench. Michael Corpening (Lenoir, N.C.) scored 13 points for the Warriors.
The Warriors jumped out to a lead in the first portion of the second half, getting to a 16-8 lead on a Lambic layup with 11:42 to play. Newberry picked up the scoring pace though, going on a quick 8-2 run to narrow the margin to two points when an Aaron Edwards (Duluth, Ga.) three-pointer from the corner with 9:15 left in the half made it an 18-16 game.
The two sides continued to battle back and forth over the next few minutes, and a three-pointer from Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) gave Newberry its first lead of the game at 23-22 with 5:10 left in the half. Lee's dunk with 17 seconds left in the half gave Newberry a 31-28 lead at halftime. Lee had 10 points and five rebounds at the break, while Lambic led SWU with 12 points and five rebounds.
Newberry led for the majority of the second half until a late Warrior surge. While a three-point play from SWU's Aramus Smith cut the lead to two points in the first minute and half, Newberry stretched the margin to seven points on a Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) jumper with 14:14 remaining. SWU's leading scorer, Nick Lagroone, was held to two points by the scarlet and gray and fouled out with 11:22 to play after committing a personal foul and an unsportsmanlike conduct technical foul in quick succession. Newberry took advantage of the free throw opportunities and earned its first double-digit lead at 52-42 on free throws from Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Davis.
But the Warriors quickly cut away at that lead, narrowing the margin to only five points in the next two and a half minutes. SWU kept pushing and tied the game on a Corpening three-point play with 2:40 to play. After Davis made one of two chances at the free-throw line on the next trip down the floor, Corpening made a layup to give Southern Wesleyan its first lead of the half at 61-60 with 2:07 to play. The layup turned into an unconventional five point play after Corpening made three free throws following a Newberry technical foul.
But Lee took the game into his hands to help push Newberry to the victory. With time running down on the shot clock, Lee's three-pointer cut the deficit to a single point. Huffor stole the ball on the ensuing inbounds play and Lee's jumper put Newberry back ahead, 65-64, with 1:12 to play. Newberry held SWU off of the board from there and made three free throws to push the game to its final 68-64 margin and exact revenge on the Warriors for its season-opening loss.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, with Newberry connecting on 35.6% (21-of-59) of its shots and SWU making 35.4% (23-of-65) of its shots. Newberry made 20-of-30 of its free throws, while the Warriors made 16-of-22 free throw attempts. Newberry's advantage in the made free throw column proved to be the four-point margin. Newberry recorded 11 steals in the game, led by five from Huffor.
Newberry returns to action on Saturday for its final game before Christmas and its fourth game in seven days. The scarlet and gray welcome Paine College (2-3) to Eleazer Arena for a game scheduled to begin at approximately 4 p.m. as the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.