Younger Sherman-Newsome plays key role in NYIT blowout

December 13, 2014

Iziah Sherman Newsome BasketballThe New York Institute of Technology men’s basketball team enjoyed a rare blowout win, beating up Georgian Court 92-59 in NCAA D2 play.

Freshman Iziah Sherman-Newsome of Anchorage had the best game of the season, but it wasn’t because of garbage time.

The 6-foot-4 guard earned his second career start and logged season highs in minutes [34], points [9] and 3-pointers [3].

“It was a great win for our team,” he told me. “We’ve struggled getting and keeping leads this season, so winning a game big like this is huge confidence boost for the team.”

Sherman-Newsome, of Bartlett High fame and the younger brother of Colgate University star guard Damon Sherman-Newsome, has been playing more and more building up to this start.

He averaged 9.5 minutes the first four games and 22 minutes the last four.

“Being a freshman, starting hasn’t been a big priority for me,” he said. “I’ve been focused on taking advantage of opportunities and helping the team in any way I can but it always feels great to get the chance to start.”

He has also found his shooting stroke, making 6 of his last 11 3-pointers.

“I think my shot has been falling more the last few games because I’ve been playing with a lot more confidence and it’s also easy when you have teammates who move the ball as well as mine,” Sherman-Newsome said.“Seeing the ball go through the hoops is always a huge confidence builder individually and as a team.”