|February 10, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CAT||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.475 (28-59)||.414 (24-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.286 (4-14)|
|FT Percentage||.652 (15-23)||.667 (16-24)|
Reid - 2
Bakinde - 1
Edwards - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team fell into an early first half hole and could not execute a comeback, falling to the visiting Catawba College Catawba Indians by a 78-68 score in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry (8-15 overall, 3-9 South Atlantic Conference) was led by a double-double from Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon). The senior scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds for his third career double-double and first of the season.
Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) scored 11 points, while Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) scored 10 points off of the bench. Perry Nelson (Albany, Ga.) dished out six assists in his first career start.
Catawba (15-7 overall, 8-3 SAC) moves into a tie for first place in the league with Brevard College with the victory. Antonio Houston (Charlotte, N.C.) paced the visitors with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Donald Rutherford (Morganton, N.C.) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds off of the bench. Stephen Coles (Danville, Va.) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Rob Fields (Orangeburg, S.C.) rounded out double digit scorers with 11 points.
Newberry jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held Catawba scoreless for over three minutes to start the game. The offenses were not particularly efficient in the early going, as the scores were tied at 4-4 over five and a half minutes into the contest before Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) nailed a three-pointer to give Newberry a 7-3 lead with 14:25 left in the half. Catawba fought back to tie the game two more times in the next few minutes before taking the lead for good on a Houston three-pointer with 8:54 remaining in the half.
Catawba could not pull away from Newberry until the final five minutes of the half. With 5:41 to play in the half, Newberry trailed by just three points but the guests scored 10 straight points and held Newberry scoreless for nearly four minutes. After a Rutherford three-point play with 1:32 left in the half, Catawba had stretched its lead to 39-25. Newberry scored one more bucket before the half to make the halftime score 39-27 in the visitors' favor.
On the strength of the surge late in the half, Catawba shot 55.2% (16-of-29) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, while Newberry only connected on 10-of-24 shots (41.7%) in the half.
Catawba pushed ahead by as many as 18 points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but Newberry continued to battle. The Catawba Indians led, 64-46, with 7:36 to play but saw that lead cut to just 12 points on a 6-0 Newberry run.
Newberry turned up the pressure defensively as the half wore on, pressuring Catawba into miscues. The tenacious defense paid off with six steals in the half, and Newberry forced nine Catawba turnovers in the second half. But Catawba still managed to find ways to put points on the board, leading by 17 points going into the final minute of the game. The Newberry players showed their fighting spirit to the end, though, and cut the final margin to just 10 points on a layup from Nelson, a Barnes three-pointer and two Nelson free throws.
Newberry outscored Catawba, 41-39, in the second half by connecting on 14-of-24 (41.2%) of its shots in the half. Catawba was 12-of-30 (40.0%) in the half. For the game, Catawba shot 47.5% (28-of-59) from the floor and Newberry was 24-of-58 (41.4%) on its field goal attempts.
The scarlet and gray have a week off to regroup for the final four games of the South Atlantic Conference schedule. Newberry's next contest will be on Wednesday, February 17, at Tusculum. Tipoff in Greeneville, Tenn., is set for 8 p.m.