|February 17, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||TCM|
|FG Percentage||.420 (21-50)||.457 (21-46)|
|3P FG Percentage||.231 (3-13)||.450 (9-20)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (14-16)||.850 (17-20)|
Huffor - 16
Edwards - 5
Nelson - 3
Bakinde - 3
Davis - 2
Nelson - 2
Bennett - 1
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The Newberry College men's basketball team dropped a 68-59 decision to the Tusculum College Pioneers in a tough battle at Pioneer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry (8-16 overall, 3-10 South Atlantic Conference) was led by three players in double digits, topped by 16 points from Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) and Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.). Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) scored 12 points to round out double digit scorers for Newberry.
Tusculum (15-10 overall, 9-5 SAC) was paced by 25 points from SAC Player of the Week Kyle Moore (Gainesville, Fla.) and 10 points from Jimmy Boone (Greeneville, Tenn.).
The first half was very tightly contested, with neither team able to pull away by more than five points. Newberry held the largest lead of the opening half at the 11:31 mark of the half when Robinson's bucket gave the scarlet and gray a 15-10 lead. The Pioneers went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes though and flip the margin. Newberry cut the lead to one point inside the final two minutes of the half, but Moore nailed one of his seven three-pointers on the night with 1:25 left on the clock. That would be the final points of the first half and Tusculum took a 32-28 lead into the halftime break.
Neither team was able to get off to a quick start in the second half, but a pair of Bakinde free throws with 16:16 to play cut the lead to two points. Tusculum pulled away slightly before being reeled back in by Newberry, as Robinson's free throw at the 12:28 mark made it a 37-35 game.
But the Pioneers took off on a quick 8-0 run that gave the hosts a 10-point lead with 10:24 left to play. Newberry fought back to within four points with 8:15 to play on a Huffor putback, but the Pioneers went on another run, outscoring Newberry 10-2 over the next three minutes, as Moore's three-pointer with 5:09 to play gave Tusculum a 12-point lead. Newberry was able to cut the lead to seven points in the final minute, but Tusculum went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line in the last 33 seconds to seal the victory.
Newberry shot 42.0% (21-of-50) from the field in the game, compared to Tusculum's 45.7% (21-of-46). Tusculum connected on nine three-pointers, seven from Moore, while Newberry only made three triples.
Newberry will have to rebound from the loss quickly in order to mount a late-season charge and qualify for the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. Newberry currently sits in ninth place, a full game behind Carson-Newman and Lenoir-Rhyne. The scarlet and gray return to Eleazer Arena on Saturday to host Wingate University for a 4 p.m. tipoff.