|January 22, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CATM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.403 (27-67)||.436 (34-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.375 (9-24)|
|FT Percentage||.633 (19-30)||.618 (21-34)|
Akins - 16
Mayo - 8
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head coach Dave Davis earned his 350th career coaching victory as the Wolves ran past Catawba College, 98-81, in Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Davis, who is in his first season as head coach at Newberry and 20th season as a collegiate head coach, now has a career record of 350-209. Davis also coached Saturday's game barefoot to help raise awareness for the "Barefoot for Bare Feet" movement of Samaritan's Feet.
Newberry (7-9, 2-6 South Atlantic Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak, as the Wolves tied their own SAC record for steals in a game which was set just a week ago. Newberry recorded 26 steals, which also happened last Saturday in a loss at Carson-Newman.
Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) led the Wolves with a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double, while also recording three blocks and three steals. Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) also scored 16 for Newberry, while Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high six steals. Antoni Magdos (Knoxville, Tenn.) grabbed five steals.
For Catawba (6-10, 2-6 SAC), Keon Moore scored 23 points and Dominick Reid scored 22 points. Catawba tied a SAC record for most blocked shots in a game with 13 swats.
There were no early indications of the runaway victory, as there were seven lead changes and four ties in the first half, with Catawba taking a 39-38 lead into the locker room. The largest lead of the period was eight points, as Catawba had a 32-24 lead with 4:13 left in the half. The Catawba Indians shot 44.8% (13-of-29) from the field, while Newberry was only good on 38.9% (14-of-36) of its chances in the period.
The first four and a half minutes of the second half were tightly played as well, but Newberry would go on a run to pull away. Catawba had a 48-46 lead with 15:36 to play on a Reid three-point play, but the Wolves scored the next 10 points in a row to take their largest lead of the game at that point.
Catawba narrowed its deficit down to four points with 11:02 to play before Newberry made five of its next seven shots and kept the guests off of the scoreboard for three minutes to extend the lead to 17 points at 71-54 with 8:22 to go on an Akins three-pointer.
That lead would be more than enough for the Wolves, as Catawba could not get the lead to anything less than 12 points down the stretch. Davis made a steal in the closing second to tie the SAC record for the Wolves and a putback of his own miss would provide the final 98-81 margin of victory. Newberry had 22 points off of turnovers in the second half to go with 13 second chance points as the scarlet and gray outscored Catawba 60-42 in the half.
Newberry improved its shooting percentage to 47.6% (20-of-42) in the second half, while Catawba regressed to a 36.8% (14-of-38) clip in the period.
For the game, Newberry shot 43.6% (34-of-78) from the field and Catawba connected on 40.3% (27-of-67) of its shots. Newberry held a 57-39 rebounding advantage, with 25 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The 25 offensive rebounds are the second-most in a game by a SAC team. Newberry set the conference record with 33 offensive boards at Carson-Newman last weekend.
Newberry hits the road again for its next game, traveling to Brevard (7-5, 5-3 SAC) for an 8 p.m. tipoff Wednesday.