January 29, 20111st2ndFinal
Newberry224971
Tusculum303666
Stats at a GlanceNEWMTCM
FG Percentage.462 (24-52) .457 (21-46)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .133 (2-15)
FT Percentage.567 (17-30) .733 (22-30)
Offensive Rebounds104
Defensive Rebounds2726
Total Rebounds3730
Turnovers1515
Steals55
Bench Points344
LeadersNEWMTCM
PointsDixon - 15
Williams - 22
ReboundsDavis - 10
Vest - 6
Klempin - 6
AssistsRyan - 4
Lockhart - 4
Steigerwald - 4
StealsNdoloum - 2
Vest - 2
BlocksDavis - 2
Klempin - 2
Wolves come back to win third straight SAC game, 71-66, over Tusculum


Wolves come back to win third straight SAC game, 71-66, over Tusculum
Saturday, January 29, 2011 | by Tony Davis' double-double and Matt Dixon's 15 gives Newberry victory

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The Newberry Wolves shot a stellar 58.6% in the second half to come back from an eight-point halftime deficit to win their third straight South Atlantic Conference game, 71-66, over the Tusculum Pioneers in Pioneer Arena on Saturday.

Newberry (9-9 overall, 4-6 SAC) scored only 22 points in the first half, but came back to put 49 on the board in the second half. Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) earned his third straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) led the Wolves with 15 points, while Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) scored 11.

Tusculum (9-11, 6-4 SAC) was led by 22 points from Brett Williams, with Justin Steigerwald scoring 13 and Rob Troutman netting 12. The win was Newberry's first in Pioneer Arena since 2006 and only third win in Greeneville.

Newberry started off on a roll, scoring the opening seven points of the game in the first four minutes. The Pioneers responded with the next seven points and took their first lead at the 10:53 mark. Another 7-0 TC run gave the hosts the lead for the remainder of the half. The Pioneers took their largest lead of the half with 33 seconds remaining in the period, 30-22, on a pair of Williams free throws. TC would take that lead into the half.

The Wolves shot only 30.4% (7-of-23) in the first half, with Tusculum connecting on 9-of-21 (42.9%) of their shots in the half.

Tusculum made their first two shots of the second half to extend the lead to 12 points, the largest of the game. Newberry went on a 17-5 surge from that point, with a Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) layup tying the game at 39-all with 11:38 to go.

Newberry took the lead for the first time in the second half on a Davis layup to make it 47-45 with 9:29 to go and would never trail again. Tusculum would come back to tie the game four more times but a clutch three-pointer by Dixon with 3:41 to go gave Newberry the lead for good.

A Steigerwald layup put Tusculum within two points with 44.2 seconds to go, but the Wolves made 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute to seal up the clutch road win.

Newberry held a 37-30 rebounding edge, with 10 offensive boards. Both teams turned the ball over 15 times and the Wolves had 14 assists on 24 made baskets in the game.

The Wolves wrap up a three-game road trip on Wed., February 2, traveling to Mars Hill for an 8 p.m. tipoff. Newberry won the first matchup between the two schools, 104-100 in overtime, in Newberry.