Men's basketball eliminated from SAC Tournament with 87-60 loss to Catawba

Men's basketball eliminated from SAC Tournament with 87-60 loss to Catawba
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | by Huffor and Robinson lead Newberry with 13 points

SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team was eliminated from the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship with an 87-60 loss to the top-seeded Catawba Indians on Wednesday night.

Newberry (10-18 overall) got 13 points each out of Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.). Huffor had eight rebounds as well.

Catawba (19-9 overall) will advance to the semifinals of the tournament to face the fourth-seeded Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in Hickory, N.C., at noon on Saturday, March 6. Catawba got 15 points out of Donald Rutherford and 12 out of Stephen Coles. Rutherford had 13 rebounds to complete a double-double.

The scarlet and gray struggled early in the game, committing turnovers in four out of their first five possessions as the Indians opened a 21-2 lead in the opening eight minutes.

Catawba led by as many as 25 points in the opening period.

Newberry had just five points in the opening 10 minutes but found a rhythm in the second part of the period. Despite the improvement, Newberry went into the half trailing 42-21.

The scarlet and gray were plagued by a .233 (7-30) shooting effort in the first half. Catawba managed a .429 (15-35) mark in the opening period and outrebounded Newberry 29-16 on the half.

Newberry exchanged possessions with the Indians in the second half but couldn't muster a scoring run to get back into the game. Catawba kept Newberry off the board for four minutes to take their largest lead of the game at 80-47 with 4:03 left to play. Newberry chipped back into the lead down the stretch but didn't manage a field goal in the final two minutes and 18 seconds and ultimately fell 87-60.

Newberry was much more impressive in the second half with a .438 (14-32) field-goal percentage but Catawba was unfortunately even better with a .500 (15-30) mark.

Newberry was .339 (21-62) in the game while Catawba went .462 (30-65) from the floor. Catawba won the rebounding battle as well by a 44-36 mark.