|January 15, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||C-NM|
|FG Percentage||.277 (26-94)||.580 (29-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.119 (5-42)||.636 (14-22)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (32-44)||.692 (27-39)|
Riley - 16
Riley - 3
Crane - 1
Reynolds - 1
JEFFERSON City, Tenn. - The Newberry College Wolves established South Atlantic Conference records for steals, offensive rebounds and field goal attempts, but could not pull out a road win, falling to Carson-Newman by a 99-89 scoreline.
Newberry (6-8 overall, 1-5 SAC) earned 26 steals and 33 offensive rebounds and took 94 shots, but could only connect on 26 of those shots for a 27.7 percent shooting rate. The Wolves forced the Eagles to turn the ball over an astounding 39 times, as seven Wolves recorded at least three steals.
Carson-Newman (5-8, 2-3 SAC) took 44 fewer shots than the Wolves, but connected on 29-of-50 shots (58.0%), including 14-of-22 three-pointers (63.6%).
Newberry was led by a 16-point, 10-reobund double-double from Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.). Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Carson-Newman was led by 23 points off of the bench by Ishmael Sanders, while Antonio Sullivan scored 22 points. Joe Meady had 11 points and Erwin Staten had 10 points to wrap up the double digit scorers.
The teams battled back and forth in the first half, as there were three lead changes and six ties in the first 20 minutes. Newberry scored the first five points of the game and held an early six-point lead, but back-to-back Eagle three-pointers tied the game back up. Newberry would extend the lead back to six points with 12 minutes to play in the half on a Robinson dunk, but once again the Eagles scored six straight to tie it at 19-all with 10 minutes to go.
Carson-Newman would get out to a six-point lead with 4:09 left, but Newberry tied the game back up with two minutes before the halftime break. Carson-Newman scored five straight points, but a three-point play by Antoni Magdos (Knoxville, Tenn.) after a steal with eight seconds left made it a 43-41 game at the break. Newberry had already recorded 12 steals at the break.
Newberry tied the game up on a Davis layup on the first possession of the second half, but C-N went on a 13-1 run to take a 56-44 lead with 15:29 left to play. Newberry responded with a 12-2 surge of its own capped by a Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) three-pointer to make it 58-56 in the Eagles' favor with 13:33 to go.
The Eagles took off again with a 12-2 run to take another 10-point lead, but the Wolves continually chipped away at the lead and got the margin down to 80-77 on another Magdos layup after a steal. However, Newberry was hit with a pair of delay of game technical fouls over the next three possessions, which helped give C-N seven points in the next 44 seconds and get the lead back into double digits.
Newberry was able to get the lead back down to six points inside the last two minutes, but C-N made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to hold on to the win. Newberry recorded 14 steals in the second half and grabbed 24 offensive boards in the period, scoring 24 points off of turnovers and 20 second chance points.
The Wolves will look to snap their three-game SAC losing streak back in Eleazer Arena against Wingate at 8 p.m. Wednesday.