|January 09, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LRUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.459 (28-61)||.575 (23-40)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.500 (7-14)|
|FT Percentage||.583 (7-12)||.724 (21-29)|
Sydney - 5
Blackmon - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - After trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Newberry College men's basketball team shot 70.6 % (12-of-17) in the second half to come back and register a 74-69 win over the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in Eleazer Arena on Saturday. The win is Newberry's first South Atlantic Conference victory of the season.
Newberry (6-9 overall, 1-3 SAC) was led by Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.), who established a career high in points for the second straight game with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor with five rebounds. Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) netted 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 11 points and had six rebounds. Aaron Edwards (Anchorage, Alaska) rounded out double digit scorers with 10 points off of the bench.
Two freshman point guards helped the Newberry offense get going as Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) dished out seven assists and Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C) scored a career high nine points to go with four assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne (3-11 overall, 1-3 SAC) was led by 19 points from D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.). Spenser Sydney (Lincolnton, N.C.) scored 13 points and had a team high five rebounds, while Marcus Hodges (Wake Forest, N.C.) scored 12 points and dished out six assists.
After Barnes started the scoring with a jump shot, the Bears took off on a 13-2 run capped by a Hodges three-pointer that gave L-R a 13-5 lead just five minutes in the game. Newberry cut that lead down to four points, but L-R went on an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at the 8:04 mark when a Sydney layup gave the Bears the 23-15 lead.
Newberry took a timeout with 6:18 left in the half, still down by 10, and came out with a 13-4 surge to cut the deficit to one point when Bakinde's three-pointer with 2:01 played made it a 29-28 game. L-R extended its lead to five points, but Bakinde drained a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer for the second straight game to make it a 35-33 game at the break. There were three lead changes and one tie in the first half and L-R's 8-4 advantage in scoring off of turnovers helped give the Bears the lead.
Barnes led all scorers at the half with 14 points and Newberry shot 47.8% (11-of-23) from the field. Lenoir-Rhyne was 45.2% (14-of-31) from the floor and both teams were 4-of-9 from three-point land.
Newberry tied the game on the first possession of the second half before L-R surged to a five point lead over the first five minutes of the period. Newberry went on a 12-4 run that was helped by Newberry steals and fast break layups on two straight possessions. As Edwards layup with 12:27 to play gave Newberry a 50-45 lead, but the Bears would not go away quietly. Lenoir-Rhyne twice trimmed the margin to one point, but back-to-back three-pointers by Barnes and Edwards gave Newberry a 62-55 lead with 6:45 to play and L-R would not get within four points again.
The scarlet and gray only connected on one more field goal in the remainder of the half, but that was all that was needed as the hosts went 10-of-13 from the free throw line in the final five minutes of the game to hold off the Bears and pick up Newberry's first win over Lenoir-Rhyne since 2005.
Newberry shot 70.6 (12-of-17) from the field to help outscore Lenoir-Rhyne by seven points in the second half. L-R was 14-of-30 (46.7%) from the field in the second half, but Newberry's 14-of-21 (66.7%) performance at the free-throw line helped push the scarlet and gray to victory, as the Bears only had six free throws in the half, connecting on four.
Newberry hits the road for only one game next week, taking on SAC leaders Lincoln Memorial University (12-2 overall, 3-1 SAC) on Wednesday night in Harrogate, Tenn., for an 8 p.m. tipoff. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill (6-6 overall, 2-1 SAC).