BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Tashan Newsome scored 26 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Gardner-Webb to a 71-68 victory over Liberty in a Big South Conference game Saturday night.
The senior guard's layup with 3:37 remaining put the Runnin' Bulldogs ahead to stay, 57-55, as they broke a streak of six consecutive losses against the Flames (8-17, 4-7).
Newsome made 8 of 14 shots and 10 of 13 free throws for Gardner-Webb, which also got 16 points from Donta Harper.
John Caleb Sanders scored 25 of his 27 points for Liberty in the second half, when the Flames rallied from a 30-24 halftime deficit to take a 47-45 lead with 9:17 left. He had made four consecutive free throws to tie the game at 55 before Newsome's go-ahead bucket.
Sanders made 8 of 16 shots and 10 of 10 free throws.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.