|February 06, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LRUM|
|FG Percentage||.426 (23-54)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (4-16)||.188 (3-16)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.609 (14-23)|
Barnes - 5
Kunz - 7
Carpenter - 3
Kunz - 3
HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team held a five-point halftime lead but could not hold on as the host Lenoir-Rhyne Bears earned a close 65-63 win at Shuford Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon
Newberry (8-14 overall, 3-8 South Atlantic Conference) was led by 14 points from Aaron Edwards (Anchorage, Alaska). Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 12 points and Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored 10.
Lenoir-Rhyne (4-17 overall, 2-9 SAC) was paced by 16 points from Spenser Sydney (Lincolnton, N.C.), while D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) netted 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Matt Kunz (Kernersville, N.C.) scored 12 points and got seven rebounds.
Newberry scored on the first possession of the game and did not relinquish the lead in the first six minutes. Once the Bears took a slim one-point lead, the scarlet and gray responded with an 8-2 run that gave them a 17-12 lead with 9:17 left in the half. L-R got the lead down to two points before Newberry scored seven straight points capped by a Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) three-pointer that gave NC a 24-15 lead with 4:27 left in the half that was the visitors' largest lead of the game.
In the final two and a half minutes of the half, the Bears went on an 8-0 run that put Newberry's lead at just one point with 1:23 left in the half, but Newberry took a 34-29 lead into the locker room on a pair of Edwards free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in the half.
It was not a spectacular offensive half for either team as Newberry shot 39.4% (13-of-33) from the floor and L-R made 40.7% (11-of-27) of its shots. The Bears turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and Newberry turned it over 11 times.
Newberry pushed the lead to seven points on an Edwards layup out of the break, but it took less than four minutes for the Bears to tie the game at 40-all on a pair of Kunz free throws. L-R snuck out to a three-point lead and was reeled in by an Edwards three-pointer at the 13:23 mark, but it would be nearly seven minutes before Newberry changed the scoreboard again as the Bears scored 11 straight. Lunz' layup at the 7:15 mark gave the Bears a 56-45 lead, which would be the largest lead by either team in the game.
The scarlet and gray chipped away at that lead, attempting to solve a tough L-R zone defense, and a long three-pointer from Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) cut the lead to four points with just over a minute to play. An Edwards three-pointer with 28 second left made it a single possession game and Robinson made a putback with just over 1 second on the clock that cut the lead to two points. L-R's Ryan Crawford missed both free throws after a foul, but Lockhart's desperation three-pointer sailed long to give the Bears the win.
Newberry shot 42.6% (23-of-54) in the game, while Lenoir-Rhyne shot 24-of-52 (46.2%) from the floor. Both teams turned the ball over 23 times and L-R had a 37-29 edge on the boards.
Newberry returns home for its next game on Wednesday night against Catawba. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. in Eleazer Arena.