|December 19, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||PAINE||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.387 (24-62)||.537 (29-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.176 (3-17)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.833 (15-18)|
Davis - 12
Ogunleye - 2
Broughton - 2
Edwards - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team will head into the Christmas break with a two-game winning streak after a 78-67 victory over the Paine College Lions in Eleazer Arena on Saturday. Five Newberry players scored in double figures to pace the scarlet and gray to the win.
Newberry (5-6) was led by 12 points each from Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) and Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.), with Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) netting 11 points each. Rodney Lee (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds to round out double digit scorers.
Paine (2-4) was led by 23 points from Julian English (Atlanta, Ga.) and 22 points from Geno Green (St. Petersburg, Fla.). No other Lion had more than six points in the contest.
Newberry shot 64.3% (18-of-28) in the first half to jump out to an insurmountable 19-point halftime lead. English gave Paine a 2-0 lead on the game's first possession and Bakinde responded with a jumper on the other end of the floor. A steal by Devante Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was converted into two points by Huffor and Newberry would not trail again.
The scarlet and gray scorched the nets in the opening eight minutes, quickly gaining a 21-9 lead with only two missed shots, both of which resulted in offensive rebounds and Newberry points. The Lions brought the deficit back down to four points with just under 10 minutes to play, but Newberry outscored Paine by a 25-10 margin over the remainder of the half to take a 48-29 lead into the locker room. Newberry scored 17 points off of nine Paine turnovers in the first half to take the sizeable advantage.
Within the first five minutes of the second half, Newberry gained its largest lead of the game at 25 points, when a Cutler free throw gave Newberry a 59-34 lead. The lead stayed above 20 points for the next seven minutes, but a Green dunk at the 8:17 mark cut the lead to 19 points at 68-49.
The lead was never in doubt from that point on, but the Lions outscored Newberry 11-2 in the final three minutes to bring the game to its final margin. Paine forced 13 Newberry turnovers in the second half and converted them into 19 points.
For the game, Newberry limited the Lions to 38.7% (24-of-62) shooting and only 22.2% (4-of-18) from three-point range. Newberry was successful on 53.7% (29-of-54) of its shots in the game to win its second straight contest.
Newberry returns to action with its final non-conference game on December 30 at North Georgia for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Paine hosts LeMoyne-Owen on December 29.