|February 20, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WUMBB||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.400 (22-55)||.449 (22-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (5-16)||.500 (9-18)|
|FT Percentage||.690 (20-29)||.818 (18-22)|
Alexander - 15
Vaughn - 4
Turner - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Coleman Young nailed a three-pointer from the corner with less than a second on the clock to give the Newberry College men's basketball team a thrilling 71-69 victory over the Wingate University Bulldogs in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry (9-16 overall, 4-10 South Atlantic Conference) was led by a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double from Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) as well as an excellent performance from point guard Perry Nelson (Albany, Ga.), who dished out nine assists and scored eight points. Nelson's biggest assist of the game came on the final play, as he made a perfect pass to find Young in the corner. The game-winner was Young's only made basket of the game.
Aaron Edwards (Anchorage, Alaska) and Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) each scored 12 points and Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) rounded out Newberry's double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Wingate (13-12 overall, 6-8 SAC) was paced by 15 points each from Quan Alexander (Charlotte, N.C.) and Paidrick Matilus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and 10 points from Larry Staley (Charlotte, N.C.). Odell Turner (Charlotte, N.C.) was just short of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Newbery took an early lead and had a slim 8-5 advantage at the 16:29 mark of the first half. The Bulldogs then went on a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 17-8 lead. The resilient scarlet and gray came back quickly though, scoring 16 of the next 18 points, tying the game at 19-all on a Devante Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) three-pointer with 8:15 left in the half and taking a three-point lead on a Barnes triple at the 7:32 mark. A Bakinde slam dunk at the 6:49 mark completed the run, which flipped Wingate's largest lead of the game to Newberry's biggest advantage.
Both teams exchanged 5-0 runs as the half wound down, but Wingate was able to take a 35-33 lead into the locker room at halftime on an Ethan Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) bucket just before the halftime buzzer. Newberry shot 44.4% (12-of-27) from the field in the first half, including making 6-of-11 three-pointers (54.5%). Wingate was 11-of-29 (37.9%) from the floor in the opening frame.
Wingate scored the first four points of the second half to take a six-point lead. Newberry cut it to single possessions on three occasions, but the Bulldogs still led by six at the 13:45 mark. Newberry went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the half on a Robinson bucket at the 11:23 mark to make it 49-48.
The Bulldogs crept out to an eight-point lead with 7:18 to play before Newberry came back with a series of excellent defensive plays. After Barnes cut the lead to five points with a three-pointer, the scarlet and gray blocked Wingate shots on four consecutive possessions, earning the defensive rebound and converting it into points each time. On the last of the four blocked shots, Newberry quickly ran downcourt and an Edwards three-pointer gave Newberry a one-point lead with four minutes to play. Newberry made two more consecutive defensive stops and made free throws, capping a huge 12-0 run with a pair of Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) free throws with 2:47 left in the game.
Newberry held that five-point lead with 2:22 to play, but a sleeping 'Dog was woken in the late stages of the game. Jaime Vaughn (McDonough, Ga.), who had not made a single shot at that point, nailed a pair of three-pointers in the final minute and a half that gave Wingate a two-point lead with 4.8 seconds to play.
After Newberry called timeout to assess the situation, the Bulldogs applied full-court pressure. The diminutive Nelson was not fazed, though, sprinting through the heart of the defense and making a perfect dish to Young, who buried the three-pointer to give Newberry the win and start the celebrations.
Newberry was 10-of-22 (45.5%) in the half and made 15-of-17 (88.2%) of its free throw chances. Wingate was 11-of-26 (42.3%) from the field in the half, but was only 8-of-13 (61.5%) from the charity stripe.
For the game, Newberry made 22-of-49 (44.9%) of its shots and was 9-of-18 (50.0%) from behind the three-point line. Wingate was 22-of-55 (40.0%) from the field.
With Lenoir-Rhyne's loss to Catawba, Newberry is now tied with the Bears for eighth place in the South Atlantic Conference with identical 4-10 conference record with two games to play. The top eight teams in the league qualify for the conference tournament, leaving the ninth place team at home. Newberry will continue on its quest for the conference tournament berth on the road on Wednesday at Brevard (17-8 overall, 9-5 SAC), which is tied for second in the league. Tipoff in Brevard's Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 8 p.m.