|December 10, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||CAL-M|
|FG Percentage||.380 (27-71)||.560 (28-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.217 (5-23)||.333 (3-9)|
|FT Percentage||.478 (11-23)||.800 (20-25)|
Dixon - 4
NIEMIEC - 5
SWIECH - 2
SALEM, W. Va. - The Newberry Wolves led by as many as eight points in the second half, but an 8-0 run by California (Pa.) with five minutes to play gave the Vulcans a 79-70 victory in the opening game of the Joe Manchin Classic at Salem International University on Friday afternoon.
Newberry (3-4) was led by 12 points and six rebounds from Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.). Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) scored 11 points in the first half and Antoni Magdos (Knoxville, Tenn.) netted a career-high 10 points.
California (4-1) was paced by 16 points and seven rebounds from Quentin Harding (McKeesport, Pa.), while Freddy Appiah (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa.) each scored 14 points.
The game was tightly contested throughout, as there were 10 ties and 12 lead changes, but hot shooting by the Vulcans gave them the victory. Cal was shooting 49.2 percent from the field for the season entering the game and managed to do even better than that against Newberry, shooting 56.0 percent (28-of-50) from the field in the game, including a 72.7 percent clip (16-of-22) in the second half.
After the game went into the halftime break tied at 29-all, the Wolves scored on the opening possession of the second half and pushed the lead to eight points at 43-35 with 14:48 to play on a Magdos layup. The Vulcans responded with a 10-1 run capped by a Berenato three-pointer at the 11:29 mark to give the Vulcans a 45-44 lead.
The two teams continued to battle back-and-forth before the Vulcans pulled away. An 11-0 Cal surge over the course of two minutes put the Vulcans gave them a 67-59 lead with just under five minutes to play. The Wolves would manage to bring that lead back down to four points, but the Vulcans went 6-for-8 at the charity stripe in the final minutes and missed only three field goal attempts in the final eight minutes of play.
Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) led the turnover brigade for the Wolves, nabbing five steals, while Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) had four steals and Patrick Ryan (Orlando, Fla.) had three steals. Dixon and Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) each dished out four assists.
The Wolves close out their trip to West Virginia against Hiwassee (Tenn.) College on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Tigers took a 2-5 record into Friday night's game against tournament host Salem International.