|December 30, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||NGCSUM|
|FG Percentage||.391 (18-46)||.450 (27-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.333 (4-12)|
|FT Percentage||.619 (13-21)||.789 (15-19)|
Cutler - 1
Lee - 1
Lee - 1
Bakinde - 1
Edwards - 1
Coleman - 1
Rimmer - 1
Bennett - 1
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The Newberry College men's basketball team erased a 10-point halftime deficit, but North Georgia pulled away late to defeat Newberry, 73-53, in Memorial Hall on Wednesday evening.
Newberry (5-7) was led by a second half surge from Aaron Edwards (Duluth, Ga.), who scored a team-high 12 points, while Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) scored 10 points in the first half. The loss snaps a two-game Newberry winning streak.
North Georgia (5-5) held Newberry scoreless for the final 5:55 of the game, outscoring the scarlet and gray 14-0 in the final stretch. Michael Moynihan (Alpharetta, Ga.) led all scorers with 17 points, while Carl Taylor (Conyers, Ga.) scored 15. Keldrick Coleman (Gainesville, Ga.) scored 13 points off of the bench.
The game started off as a back-and-forth affair, with three ties in the first eight minutes of the game. Newberry took the largest early lead at four points with 12:19 left in the half when Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) netted a floater in the lane to give Newberry a 16-12 lead.
North Georgia went on a quick surge to gain the lead and the two sides held each other close until a 6-0 NGCSU run capped by a Bernard Rimmer (Grenada, Miss.) dunk with 2:31 left in the half gave the Saints their first double-digit lead at 35-25. The two sides were even for the remainder of the half and North Georgia took a 39-29 lead into the half.
Newberry shot 40.0% (10-of-25) in the opening half after a hot start, while NGCSU shot 48.4% (15-of-31) in the first half.
The second half was evenly played through the first five minutes of play before Newberry went on a 10-0 run over a four minute span to tie the game at 45-all. Edwards scored eight of his points in the run and a Davis free throw with 11:22 on the clock knotted the score.
But the scarlet and gray were never able to pull back ahead on the scoreboard. From the 10:00 mark onwards, Newberry connected on only two field goals for the remainder of the game. North Georgia could not pull out to more than a two possession lead until the 6:33 mark, but the Saints scored the final 14 points of the game to seal the victory. Newberry committed seven turnovers in the final six minutes, and committed 20 total miscues in the game.
North Georgia outrebounded Newberry by a 36-32 margin and shot 45.0% (27-of-60) in the game, while the scarlet and gray only connected on 39.1% (18-of-46) of their shots, including 23.5% (4-of-17) from three-point range.
Newberry will look to recover as the South Atlantic Conference schedule begins in earnest on Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City, Tenn. The scarlet and gray visit the Carson-Newman Eagles for a 4 p.m. tipoff in the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team.