|December 18, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LRU|
|FG Percentage||.323 (21-65)||.449 (22-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.179 (5-28)||.000 (0-5)|
|FT Percentage||.585 (24-41)||.727 (32-44)|
Hathcock - 17
Lockhart - 2
Riley - 2
Hawkins - 2
HICKORY, N.C. - Newberry College put together a solid second half performance, but a 12-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the Wolves lost to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, 76-71, in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Gymnasium on Saturday.
With the loss, Newberry closes the 2010 calendar year with a 5-5 overall record and 0-2 record in SAC play. The Wolves return to the hardwood at Eleazer Arena on January 5, 2011, against Mars Hill.
Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) had an exemplary performance for the second straight game, recording his first double-double in a Newberry uniform with game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) scored 17 points and Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) rounded out Newberry's double digit performers with 12 points - all of which came on three-pointers.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-6, 1-1 SAC) snapped a five-game losing skid behind 17 points apiece from R.J. McClure and Jon Hathcock and 16 points from Allan Jones.
Newberry found the going tough in the first 20 minutes of the game with its worst offensive performance at this point in the season. The Bears took a 34-22 lead into the break after Newberry only shot 22.2 percent (6-of-27) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from the free throw line.
However, the resilient Wolves would eventually heat up, making more field goals in the second half than the Bears. With 16:14 left in the game, L-R led 44-26 on a Jones layup. The 18-point advantage was the Bears' largest lead of the game. The Wolves responded by chipping away at the lead steadily, knocking it back into single digits at the 6:55 mark, when a pair of Davis free throws made it 56-47.
The Bears kept Newberry at arm's length, still leading by 10 points at the 3:21 mark, but an 8-1 run by the Wolves on two three-pointers by Young and a layup by Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) cut the lead to three points at 66-63 with 2:47 to go.
The Wolves were able to cut the lead to a single point at 68-67 on a pair of Lockhart free throws with 1:41 to play, but Newberry was never able to push into the lead and the clock hit all zeroes before the guests good get into a lead.
Newberry's high pressure defense continued, as the Wolves recorded 11 steals in the game, led by three from Riley. The teams each recorded 42 rebounds, with Newberry recording 23 offensive rebounds to 19 defensive boards, scoring 17 second chance points off of those rebounds.