November 21, 20101st2ndFinal
Newberry295483
Johnson C. Smith6142103
Stats at a GlanceNEWMJCSU-M
FG Percentage.361 (30-83) .566 (30-53)
3P FG Percentage.237 (9-38) .500 (14-28)
FT Percentage.636 (14-22) .644 (29-45)
Offensive Rebounds2114
Defensive Rebounds1836
Total Rebounds3950
Turnovers2535
Steals148
Bench Points4058
LeadersNEWMJCSU-M
PointsHuffor - 18
THORNHILL - 40
ReboundsReynolds - 11
WILKERSON - 12
AssistsLockhart - 6
PARKS - 8
StealsHuffor - 5
WILLIAMS - 2
PARKS - 2
WILKERSON - 2
BlocksReynolds - 1
Charles - 1
WILKERSON - 3
First half deficit too much for Wolves to overcome in 103-83 loss to Johnson C. Smith


First half deficit too much for Wolves to overcome in 103-83 loss to Johnson C. Smith
Sunday, November 21, 2010 | by Reynolds named to all-tournament team after double-double

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Newberry College Wolves could not overcome a 32-point halftime deficit in a 103-83 loss to the host Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls in the finale of the Claude Saunders/Wendy's JCSU Tipoff Classic in Brayboy Gymnasium on Sunday evening.

Newberry (1-2) was led by 18 points from Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.), but the shooting performance of JCSU's Ronald Thornhill was the story of the night. The preseason all-CIAA pick set a school record with 10 made three-pointers in the game on the way to a 40-point game. JCSU moves to 2-0 on the season.

The Wolves' high pressure defense did its job, forcing 35 Golden Bulls' turnovers which Newberry converted into 33 points, but JCSU shot 60.0% (9-of-15) from behind the three-point line in the first half to jump out to a 61-29 halftime advantage. Newberry took 30 more shots than JCSU in the game, but only 10-of-36 shots (27.8%) found their mark in the opening 20 minutes, allowing JCSU to get to the insurmountable lead.

After the forgettable first half, the Wolves' effort in the second half was a breath of fresh air. After an early JCSU bucket gave the hosts a 34-point advantage, Newberry went on a 20-5 run over the next four and a half minutes to cut the margin to 19 points on a Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) three-pointer. Unfortunately for the Wolves, JCSU kept finding ways to get to the free throw line to keep the Wolves from getting back into the game.

Of Newberry's 33 points off of turnovers, 24 were scored in the second half as the Wolves forced the Golden Bulls to turn the ball over 21 times in that span. JCSU converted 17-of-25 (68.0%) of its free throw attempts and had a 47.6% (10-of-21) shooting rate in the second half.

Behind Huffor's 18 points, five rebounds and five steals, Newberry had four players in double figures. Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) netted 17 points, while Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) had Newberry's first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) scored 10 points and dished out six assists.

The Wolves have a short break before returning to action on Tuesday night against the Voorhees Tigers. Tipoff in Denmark, S.C., is set for 7:30 p.m.