The 2012 seniors were honored prior to the game
Wolves drop regular season finale to Catawba, 81-74
Newberry still finishes fourth in SAC, will host first round tournament game
February 25, 2012
NEWBERRY, S.C. - A second half Catawba run in what was an otherwise tightly-played game gave the visiting Indians an 81-74 win over the Newberry Wolves in the season finale for both teams at Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry finishes the regular season in fourth place in the South Atlantic Conference at 8-8 in the league and 15-11 overall, while Catawba finishes eighth at 6-12 in the SAC and 9-17 overall.
Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) led the Wolves with 18 points and six assists. Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Newberry's three seniors - Reynolds, Renard Flowers (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) - were honored in a ceremony prior to the game.
Catawba was led by Keon Moore's 27 points and eight rebounds. Kelvin Drakeford scored 17 points and snagged six rebounds, while Cameron Lovelace scored 13 points.
The game was tightly contested throughout, with neither team pulling away in the first half. Catawba held a 34-33 halftime lead, but Dixon's three-pointer out of the gates in the second half put Newberry back ahead.
The 11th tie of the game came on Moore's three-pointer at the 8:43 mark to start Catawba's surge. Three consecutive Indians steals followed by fastbreak baskets in the span of a minute and a half put the guests up 65-58 with 7:11 to go, giving them a lead they would not relinquish.
Newberry got within five in the final minute, but the Wolves' normally scorching outside shooting wasn't there, giving Catawba the win.
Catawba's surge and sizeable free throw advantage gave the guests the win. The Indians had 30 free throw opportunities to the Wolves' 10. Newberry had a 44-37 rebounding advantage with 16 offensive rebounds, but could only convert that into 11 second chance points. Newberry made only 9-of-34 (26.5%) of its three-point attempts.