|January 20, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TCM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.628 (27-43)||.392 (20-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.643 (9-14)||.238 (5-21)|
|FT Percentage||.455 (10-22)||.650 (13-20)|
Bakinde - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team fell behind early in the contest and Tusculum College scorched the nets as the visiting Pioneers earned a 73-58 South Atlantic Conference victory in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry (6-11 overall, 1-5 SAC) was paced by 22 points and eight rebounds from Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.), while Aaron Edwards (Anchorage, Alaska) netted 10 points in his first start of the season.
Tusculum (9-8 overall, 3-3 SAC) was led by Kyle Moore (Gainesville, Fla.), who became the SAC's all-time leader in three-point field goals and scored his 1,500th career point as he led all scorers with 25 points. Jimmy Boone (Greeneville, Tenn.) scored 13 points and Justin Steigerwald (Cincinnati, Ohio) was just short of a double-double with 12 points and nine assists.
Newberry took the early lead on a free throw by Edwards and a layup from Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) before Tusculum scored its first points. However, the Pioneers took the lead for good on a Boone three-pointer with 15:17 left in the first half. Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) was able to cut the TC lead to one point with 13:41 left in the half, but Moore answered with a personal 8-0 run over the next two minutes to give the Pioneers an 18-9 lead.
The scarlet and gray were able to chip away at that lead over the next three minutes and managed to get the margin down to just three points when Robinson connected on his first three-pointer of the season to make it a 22-19 game with 8:22 to play in the first half. Once again the Pioneers surged, going on a 9-2 run to take their first double-digit lead with 5:43 to play on a Moore layup. Newberry cut that deficit to six points with a minute and a half left, but a layup by Josh Bennett (Snow Hill, Md.) and a half-court buzzer beater by Steigerwald gave Tusculum a 39-28 lead going into the locker room.
Newberry shot 42.3% (11-of-26) in the first half, but the Pioneers connected on an astonishing 68.2% (15-of-22) of their field goal attempts, including 71.4% (5-of-7) from three-point land. Moore led all scorers at the break with 17 points, while Robinson had eight for Newberry.
Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored on the first possession out of the halftime break, but Tusculum took off on a 13-1 run over the next four and half minutes to get out to a 52-31 lead on a Wes Taylor (Oregon, Ohio) bucket at the 15:28 mark. Barnes snapped the skid with a three-pointer at the 15:12 mark, which was only Newberry's second field goal of the half. Momentum went in waves for the rest of the game, as Newberry would get the lead down to 15 points before Tusculum would take it back to 20 points. Newberry closed the game by holding Tusculum scoreless for the final 2:48 of the game to get the final margin down to 15 points.
Tusculum only outscored Newberry 34-30 in the second half, but shot 57.1% (12-of-21) in the second half, while Newberry made 36.0% (9-of-25) of its shots. Robinson scored 14 points in the half, while Boone scored 10 in the period for TC.
Robinson's play was one of the highlights of the game for Newberry, as well as a season-low seven turnovers. The scarlet and gray also recorded 11 assists on 20 made field goals. Bakinde and Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) led the team with three assists apiece.
Newberry will look to return to the winning ways this Saturday on the road, as the scarlet and gray head to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba College. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.