|January 08, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.541 (33-61)||.368 (28-76)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (5-12)||.371 (13-35)|
|FT Percentage||.848 (28-33)||.654 (17-26)|
Jones - 3
Carden - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves only trailed No. 14 Lincoln Memorial by three points at the half, but the Railsplitters' hot shooting down the stretch gave LMU a 99-86 South Atlantic Conference victory in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
Newberry (6-6, 1-3 SAC) was led by a career-high 16 points from Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.). Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 and Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) netted 11. Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, S.C.) scored nine points, dished out six assists and had three steals.
Lincoln Memorial (12-0, 4-0 SAC) was led by a 27-point, 13-rebound double-double from Desmond Johnson (Lynch, Ky.), who also had four blocks and three steals. Four other Railsplitters scored in double digits.
Despite Newberry's high pressure defense, which forced 24 LMU turnovers, the Railsplitters shot 54.1% (33-of-61) from the field to win their 12th straight game to open the season. LMU's 51-34 advantage on the boards also helped the visitors escape a tight game.
LMU scored the first five points of the game, but Newberry took an 8-7 lead four minutes into the game. Newberry held a three-point lead at 21-18 with nine minutes left in the opening half, but the Railsplitters went on a 17-3 run to take an 11-point lead with 4:26 to go in the half when Chance Jones (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a three-pointer to make it a 35-24 game.
The Wolves would proceed to score 14 of the next 19 points to cut the lead to a single point at 39-38 on an Akins three-pointer, but a Darryl Garrett (Detroit, Mich.) layup inside the final 20 seconds made it a 41-38 LMU lead at the break.
Johnson scored to start the second half off for LMU, which led by seven points just 45 seconds into the half. Newberry would cut the lead to one point on two occasions in the early stages of the period, but would never regain the lead.
A Dixon layup cut the lead to 53-51 with 14:30 to play, but an 8-0 LMU run capped by a Garrett triple pushed the lead back into double digits at 62-52 with 12:39 to play. Newberry cut the lead to five points, but the 'Splitters continued to stretch their lead in the late stages of the game. Newberry cut the lead to 83-77 after a three-point play by Riley with 3:59 to go, but five straight LMU points put the lead back in double digits again with three minutes to go, sealing the win. Johnson scored 20 points and had nine rebounds in the second half for LMU.
Newberry made 13 three-pointers in the game, which tied the most by a SAC team in a game this year and was the most made by a Newberry team since a rout of Carver Bible College three seasons ago. LMU only missed five free throws (28-of-33, 84.8%) to help seal the Railsplitter win.
Newberry returns to action on the road on Wednesday, January 12, at Anderson for an 8 p.m. tipoff. It will be the first meeting between the schools since the Trojans joined the league this season.