|February 03, 2010||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||MHCM|
|FG Percentage||.493 (35-71)||.438 (32-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (4-14)||.308 (8-26)|
|FT Percentage||.725 (29-40)||.651 (28-43)|
Sanders - 7
MARS HILL, N.C. - Aaron Edwards scored a career high 30 points and made all 14 of his free throw attempts to lead Newberry College to a 103-100 double overtime over league-leading Mars Hill College in South Atlantic Conference action at Stanford Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry moves to 8-13 overall and 3-7 in SAC play with the road win. The scarlet and gray have recorded two road wins in conference play, with both victories coming in double overtime.
Edwards (Anchorage, Alaska) scored his career best on 7-of-12 shooting, including a perfect 14-of-14 at the free-throw line and made 2-of-4 three-pointers. Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied his career-high with 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 11-of-13 on free throws.
Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) netted 14 points with six rebounds and three steals.
Mars Hill (11-9 overall, 6-4 SAC) was paced by 19 points off the bench from Dion Malachi (Shelby, N.C.), who also grabbed seven rebounds. Danny Sanders (Shelby, N.C.) scored 15 points and Austin Patton (Asheville, N.C.) scored 13 points.
Newberry shot 49.3% (35-of-71) from the field in the game and 72.5% (29-of-40) from the free throw line in the game. The Lions shot 43.8% (32-of-73) from the field and 65.1% (28-of-43) from the free throw line.
The game promised to be a tight one from the very beginning, with 11 lead changes and seven tie scores in the first half. Neither team could pull out to more than a single possession lead until 8:30 remained in the first half and Robinson connected on a pair of free throws to give Newberry a 24-20 lead. Mars Hill flipped the lead on a Cody King (Enka, N.C.) three-pointer and a later 5-0 Lion run gave the hosts a 37-30 lead on a pair of free throws from Stoney Polite (Morganton, N.C.). That would be the largest lead of the half as the Lions took a 46-40 advantage into the locker room.
Newberry shot 50.0% (15-of-30) in the opening 20 minutes, but failed to connect on a three-pointer in the half. Mars Hill was 13-of-28 (46.4%) from the floor and 6-of-11 (54.5%) from behind the arc.
Robinson started the second half with a layup to cut the lead to four points, but the Lions took off on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 11 points at 53-42 on the 16:53 mark. Newberry responded with a 15-4 surge that was capped off by a thunderous breakaway dunk by Edwards to knot the game up at 57-all with 12:40 remaining in regulation.
The battle continued until the Lions surged ahead again with a 9-0 run that gave the home team a 73-65 lead with 6:51 left on the second half clock. But that eight-point lead was short-lived as Newberry scored 11 consecutive points to take a 76-73 lead with 3:32 left in regulation. Mars Hill battled back, and neither team was able to hold an advantage at the end of regulation and headed to overtime tied at 80-all.
Edwards scored Newberry's last 11 points of regulation and made 10-of-10 free throw opportunities in the second half. Newberry was 13-of-28 (46.4%) from the field in the second half, while Mars Hill was 14-of-29 (48.3%). The tables were turned in the second half, as the Lions failed to make a three-pointer, including a last-ditch effort by Sanders to win the game.
Edwards' scoring barrage continued, as he opened the first overtime period with a three-pointer, marking his 14th consecutive point for Newberry. Mars Hill tied the game again with three straight free throw conversions before Robinson gave Newberry a two-point lead. Malachi gave the Lions the lead with an old-fashioned three-point play, but Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) gave Newberry a one-point lead with a layup in traffic. However, Polite gave Mars Hill a two-point lead with 20 seconds to play on a deep three-pointer.
Robinson tied the game at 89-all with 7.9 seconds on the clock on a put-back of a miss by Perry Nelson (Albany, Ga.) and challenged a Sanders shot as time expired to send the game to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Edwards scored layups on back-to-back possessions thanks to a Nelson steal and a blocked shot by Robinson to give Newberry a 96-92 lead with a minute and a half to play. The teams then traded bucket and a Robinson free throw with 21 seconds left gave Newberry a seemingly insurmountable five-point lead. But Sanders nailed a deep three-pointer with 8.9 seconds left and was fouled at the same time. He made the free throw to cut the lead to just one point. But it was Edwards making clutch free throws to give Newberry the win, making 4-of-4 free shots in the final 10 seconds and give Newberry its second straight road conference win.
Newberry will look to continue down the winning road on Saturday night in Hickory, N.C. The scarlet and gray will meet with Lenoir-Rhyne for an 8 p.m. tipoff in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.