January 05, 20111st2nd1OT Final
Mars Hill42499100
Newberry306113104
Stats at a GlanceMHCMNEWM
FG Percentage.408 (31-76) .356 (32-90)
3P FG Percentage.250 (3-12) .297 (11-37)
FT Percentage.778 (35-45) .707 (29-41)
Offensive Rebounds2032
Defensive Rebounds3331
Total Rebounds5363
Turnovers3230
Steals1416
Bench Points1652
LeadersMHCMNEWM
PointsHughes - 29
Davis - 34
ReboundsMalachi - 13
Davis - 17
AssistsStewart - 4
Lockhart - 10
StealsMack - 4
Akins - 4
BlocksMalachi - 6
Davis - 6
Wolves come back from first half deficit for thrilling 104-100 overtime win over Mars Hill


Wolves come back from first half deficit for thrilling 104-100 overtime win over Mars Hill
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | by Tony Davis' career night helps Newberry come back from 21 points down in the first half

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves trailed Mars Hill by 21 points with seven minutes in the first half but stormed back in the second half and hit clutch shots down the stretch to earn a 104-100 overtime win in South Atlantic Conference at Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.

In a game that took nearly three hours to play, the Wolves (6-5, 1-2 SAC) were led by a career night from Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.). The senior recorded his second consecutive double-double with 34 points and 17 rebounds. He blocked six shots, 13 of his rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor and he also connected on 16-of-21 free throw opportunities in a spectacular performance. His 21 free throw attempts are the fourth-most in a game in league history, tied with his 21 attempts at Coker in December.

Davis' 13 offensive rebounds obliterates the previous conference record of nine offensive boards, which has been in place since 1994.

Davis was not alone in his key performance as Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) netted 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and nabbed four steals. The sophomore nearly set SAC records with his shot attempts, as his 27 field goal attempts tied for the fourth-most in conference history and 19 three-point attempts rank second in the history of the league.

A key to the win for the Wolves was offensive rebounding, where Newberry set a SAC record with 32 offensive boards. Newberry's 63 total rebounds were just four short of the league record.

Newberry shot 32-of-90 (35.6 %) from the field in the game. The 90 shot attempts was just three short of a league record.

Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) dished out a career-high 10 assists in the game, which ranks as the most assists in a game by a South Atlantic Conference player this season. Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) netted 13 points with five assists and Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Lions (4-7, 1-2 SAC) also had plenty of players in the spotlight. Donterious Hughes (Gastonia, N.C.) scored 29 points and had eight rebounds before being ejected for a second technical foul with 7:43 remaining in the second half. Dion Malachi (Shelby, N.C.) had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Sammy Emile (Lake Worth, Fla.) scored 21 points and had six rebounds. Tarron Stewart (Tampa, Fla.) scored 12 points and had a team-high four assists, but also turned the ball over 11 times.

Mars Hill started the game off with the hot hand, scoring the first 13 points of the game before a Davis layup with 16:41 left in the first half finally got Newberry on the board. With 6:49 left in the first half, a fastbreak layup by Stewart gave Mars Hill its largest lead of the game at 33-12.

The Wolves were not deterred though, scoring the next seven points. Remarkably, Newberry managed to narrow the deficit to six points at 36-30 with 2:26 left in the half, but Mars Hill scored the final six points of the half to take a 42-30 lead at the break.

Newberry shot only 10-of-38 (26.3%) in the first half while Mars Hill was 15-of-35 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Mars Hill scored two quick baskets out of the half to get back out to a 16-point lead. The Wolves continued to trail by 16 points until the 12:42 mark of the half, but a 6-0 run cut the lead to 10 points at 64-54 with 11:55 to play.

A Hughes three-pointer gave Mars Hill a 15-point lead with 10:48 to play, but a 12-0 Wolves rally would set the tone for the rest of the night. Newberry made four straight baskets with four free throws mixed in to bring the deficit down to 70-67 with 9:02 left in regulation.

Once again Mars Hill took off and took a nine-point lead with 4:58 to play, but the Wolves went on a 12-3 run and tied the game at 86-all with 2:44 to go on a Davis layup. The two teams traded baskets and Newberry took its first lead of the game with just under 30 second to play on a Davis three-point play that made it 91-90. Emile tied the game at 91-all when he made his first free throw with 22 seconds to go, but he missed the second. Akins' shot attempt with time running out did not find the net, sending Newberry to overtime for the first time this season.

Newberry shot 18-of-41 (43.9%) from the field in the second half and limited Mars Hill to 13-of-35 (37.1%) in the second half. Davis had a double-double in the second half alone with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

An Emile jumper gave MHC the early lead in the extra frame but Newberry immediately responded with an Akins triple. Mars Hill scored six straight points to take a 99-94 lead with 2:45 left in OT, but a Davis dunk and two Charles layups gave Newberry a 100-99 lead with 39 seconds left. Newberry went 4-of-6 at the charity stripe from there on out to close out the game and earn its first SAC win of the season.

Newberry returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as the Wolves host 14th-ranked and undefeated Lincoln Memorial in the second half of a SAC twinbill with the women's team.