|November 23, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||VC|
|FG Percentage||.364 (24-66)||.492 (31-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.367 (11-30)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.795 (31-39)||.692 (18-26)|
Davis - 7
Ryan - 3
Lockhart - 3
Carter - 2
DENMARK, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves led by 12 points with five and a half minutes to play before the Voorhees Tigers stormed back to tie the game with a minute and a half left, but the Wolves used consistent free throw shooting to take a 90-85 win over the Tigers.
Newberry (2-2) hit 79.5% (31-of-39) of its free throws in the game, including 18-of-20 (90.0%) in the second half. Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) led the Wolves with 32 points off of the bench and made 12-of-13 free throws. Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) netted 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the free-throw line. Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds behind an 11-for-13 performance at the free throw line
Voorhees (4-6) was paced by 25 points from Cyrus Green and a 17-point, 13-point double-double from Garland McArthur.
The Tigers took off to an early three-point lead, but Newberry went on an 8-0 run to head to an 11-5 lead in the first three minutes. But the much-improved Tigers battled back and kept the game within one possession for the early stages of the half. Newberry led by just one point with 11:19 to play in the half, but went on an 11-1 run to extend its lead to double digits for the first time in the game at 34-24 just two minutes later.
Voorhees would not back down though. The Tigers cut the lead to as little as two points with 4:19 to play in the half before another Newberry run took the lead to nine points with just under two minutes to play on an Akins triple. But a jumper and a three-point play for Voorhees brought the halftime score to 50-46 in Newberry's favor.
Newberry shot 15-of-41 (36.6%) in the first half compared to a 48.5% clip for the Tigers (16-of-33). The Wolves were 7-of-21 from behind the arc in the half and held a 28-21 rebounding advantage, with 14 of those coming on the offensive glass. There were nine lead changes in the opening 20 minutes.
Neither squad came out of the locker room shooting well, but Voorhees managed to tie the game at 50-all after three minutes of play. The game stayed tight for the first seven minutes of the half before a Newberry 9-0 run pushed the lead to 70-60 with 10:30 to go on another Akins three-pointer.
Another Akins triple with 5:30 to play gave Newberry a 12-point cushion at 79-67, but the Tigers roared back again. A 12-2 Voorhees run cut the Newberry lead to just two points at 81-79 with 3:10 to play, bringing the home crowd into the game, and a McArthur layup tied the game at 81-all with 2:35 left.
But Akins and Davis were stellar at the charity stripe. Newberry could not sink another field goal attempt, but it didn't matter as the pair combined to go 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the remainder of the game, allowing just two Voorhees baskets in the final two minutes to pull out the win.
Akins kept his run of hot second halves going, scoring 17 points in the period, with 9-of-10 shooting at the free throw line.
Newberry hits the road for its longest road trip in 22 years, as the Wolves next take on the Shock of Washington Adventist University. Tipoff in "The Pitt" in Takoma Park, Md., is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.