|February 02, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||MHCM|
|FG Percentage||.405 (30-74)||.426 (26-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.250 (3-12)|
|FT Percentage||.520 (13-25)||.816 (31-38)|
Davis - 3
MARS HILL, N.C. - The Newberry College Wolves came back from 10 points down in the second half, getting back to within one point in the final minute and a half but could not complete the comeback, falling to Mars Hill, 86-79.
Newberry (9-10, 4-7 South Atlantic Conference) went just 2-of-8 (25.0%) from the free throw line in the second half, while the homestanding Lions (7-12, 4-7 SAC) made 21-of-24 free throw opportunities in the final period.
Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) led Newberry with 15 points and three steals, while Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.) scored 12 points and Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) scored 11.
Sammy Emile led Mars Hill with 30 points and 14 rebounds, including a 14-of-15 performance at the free throw line. Donterious Hughes scored 19 and Dion Malachi netted 14.
Newberry stormed out of the gates to open the game, getting out to a 14-point lead at the 15:04 mark, when a tip-in by Charles Ndoloum (Ndjamena, Chad) made it 21-7 in Newberry's favor. With 11:35 to go, the Wolves held a 26-15 lead, but Mars Hill roared back, going on a 13-1 run to take a 28-27 lead with 8:44 left in the half to set up a tight battle for the rest of the game. Neither squad could pull out to more than a four-point lead in the first half, and it appeared Mars Hill would take a three-point lead into the break, but Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) converted a defensive rebound into a three-point play at the buzzer to make it a 46-all score at halftime.
The offensive fireworks disappeared in the second half, as the Lions did their damage at the charity stripe. The Lions led 75-67 with just under five minutes to go, but a three-point play by Reynolds and a three-pointer from Lockhart narrowed the deficit to two points. A Reynolds layup with 1:24 to go would cut it to 78-77in MHC's favor, setting up a showdown in the final stages.
Mars Hill's Julian Mack made a putback layup to make it a three-point game and the Wolves could not convert on their next possession. A pair of Tarron Stewart free throws made it a two possession game, and the Lions closed out the game with six free throws in the final minute to earn the victory. MHC
For the game, Newberry shot 40.5% (30-of-74) from the field, while Mars Hill made 42.6% (26-of-61) of its shots. The difference came at the free throw line, as Newberry was only 13-of-25 (52.0%) at the stripe, while Mars Hill went 31-of-38 (81.6%) at the line.
The Wolves complete their three-game road swing with a 2-1 record and return to Eleazer Arena this weekend. Newberry hosts Lenoir-Rhyne for a 6 p.m. tipoff at home.