|January 19, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WUMBB||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.418 (23-55)||.460 (29-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.300 (6-20)|
|FT Percentage||.897 (35-39)||.667 (14-21)|
Tankersley - 5
Lewis - 5
Vaughn - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - After trailing by 12 points with less than four minutes to play, the Newberry College Wolves stormed back to within three points before the visiting Wingate Bulldogs scored the final eight points of the game to take an 89-78 win in South Atlantic Conference action at Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry (6-9, 1-6 SAC) was led by 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks by Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) and outshot the Bulldogs (9-6, 4-3 SAC) from the floor, but Wingate's excellent free throw shooting and rebounding gave the guests the win.
Wingate went 35-of-39 (89.7%) at the charity stripe and held a 41-31 rebounding edge in the game. Jaime Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Bulldogs to the win.
The first half was a tight affair with seven lead changes and five ties early, but with massive momentum shifts late. Wingate held a 17-15 lead with 13:55 on the clock, but Newberry went on a 19-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 13-point lead at 34-21 on a jumper by Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.). Hot shooting by Vaughn helped the Bulldogs dig back into the game, but the defensive efforts of Jeffrey Parker (Madison, N.C.) helped reel the Wolves in. The freshman blocked seven shots in four minutes, with Newbery connecting on only one field goal attempt in that span.
The Wolves were up by five points with five minutes left in the half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Vaughn and Chase Smith (Upper Marlboro, Md.) but Wingate in the lead with 4:32 left in the half, 38-37. Wingate also scored the final six points of the period to take a 46-39 lead into the break.
Newberry shot 42.9% (15-of-35) in the half, with the Bulldogs making 15-of-33 (45.5%) of their shots, including 24 first half points from Vaughn.
Wingate quickly extended its lead to 11 points within the first two and a half minutes of the second period, and would lead by 12 (58-46) with 13:58 to play. Newberry went on a 14-6 run capped by a three-pointer by Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.) to narrow the margin to four points with 10:07 left to play. However, Wingate would slowly pull away and led by 12 points with 3:47 to play.
The scarlet and gray responded with another run, scoring the next nine points to bring the game within one possession, 81-78, with 1:12 to play. The Bulldogs' Quan Alexander (Charlotte, N.C.) nailed a jumper just before the shot clock expired on the next possession, stole the ball and was fouled. A technical foul was also issued, and Alexander made all four free throws to immediately get the lead to nine points and put the game out of reach. Vaughn's free throws with 19 seconds left iced the game for Wingate.
Before the 8-point run to close the game, Newberry had outscored Wingate in the second half and the Wolves shot a solid 50.0% (14-of-28) in the second half, but the guests canned 24-of-26 (92.3%) of their free throws to earn the win.
For Newberry, two players behind Davis scored in double digits, including a career-best 11 points from Antoni Magdos (Knoxville, Tenn.) and 10 points from Riley.
The Wolves look to snap a four-game SAC losing streak at home on Saturday against Catawba. Tipoff in Eleazer Arena is set for 4 p.m. Head coach Dave Davis will coach the game barefoot as part of the "Barefoot for Bare Feet" movement of Samaritan's Feet. For more information on the movement, please visit www.SamaritansFeet.org. Fans who donate a pair of NEW children's athletic shoes will be admitted into the game for free.