|November 13, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.419 (26-62)||.400 (24-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (4-16)||.269 (7-26)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.529 (9-17)|
Mitchell - 3
Reynolds - 2
Huffor - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves opened the 2010-11 season against Lander University in their only non-conference home game of the season, but it was the visiting Bearcats who took a close 68-64 win at Eleazer Arena on Saturday night.
Newberry (0-1) was led by Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.), who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his debut in the scarlet and gray. Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) added 14 points, while Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) scored nine.
Lander (1-0) was paced by 22 points from Calvin Liptrot (Orlando, Fla.), 19 points from Darion Canty (Summerton, S.C.) and 18 points from Jermel Kennedy (Malton, Ontario, Canada).
Both teams had trouble finding their rhythm early, as the teams combined to commit six turnovers before a single shot was attempted. Canty's jumper gave Lander the first lead, but Young nailed a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor to give the Wolves the lead. The Wolves scored the next five points to extend the lead to six points before the Bearcats scored again. By the time Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a three-pointer from the corner with 11:06 left in the half, Newberry led 14-4.
Newberry would eventually extend its lead to 14 points at the 6:44 mark when back-to-back three-pointers from Young and Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C) made it a 24-10 game. The Bearcats managed to get back on track, outscoring the Wolves by a 17-1 margin to take a 27-25 lead into the halftime break.
Lander shot 32.3% (10-of-31) in the opening 20 minutes, while Newberry made 34.6% (9-of-26) of its shots in the half, including five three-pointers. Lander made 6-of-9 free throws in the half while Newberry was 2-of-4 at the charity stripe.
The Wolves tied the game on the first possession of the second half on a jumper in the paint by Davis, but could never gain the lead in the second half. Newberry cut the lead to two points on multiple occasions, but a personal five-point run by Canty with just under 14 minutes to play pushed the Lander lead to nine. The Wolves went on a nine-point run to bring the crowd back into things and tie it at 42-all with 9:12 to play, but the Bearcats answered with three buckets on three straight possessions to push the lead back to six.
The lead would not waver much until Lander edged out to a 53-43 lead with three minutes left on a Canty triple, but the Wolves were far from done. Newberry did not allow a Lander field goal for the remainder of the game and howled back enough to cut the lead to two points on a thunderous dunk by Davis with just under 10 seconds to play. However, the Bearcats made three-of-four free throws in the waning seconds to hold onto the victory.
Davis scored all of his 16 points in the second half, as the Wolves improved their shooting percentage to 44.1% (15-of-34) in the period. The Bearcats shot considerably better in the final 20 minutes, shooting 51.6% (16-of-31).
Newberry has a week off before returning to action at the Johnson C. Smith Tipoff Classic in Charlotte, N.C., next weekend. The Wolves take on St. Paul's (Va.) College at 6 p.m. Saturday and play the hosting Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith at 6 p.m. Sunday.