Younger Sherman-Newsome plays key role in NYIT blowout
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 , points  and 3-pointers .
“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.”