|February 09, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.403 (27-67)||.534 (31-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.214 (6-28)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (15-24)||.714 (20-28)|
Tyrell McDowell - 3
Denzail Jones - 3
Kevis Cornwell - 3
Denzail Jones - 3
Ryan - 2
Dixon - 2
Taylor Shugart - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves shot over 50 percent from the field for the second straight game and ran past the visiting Anderson Trojans, 87-75, in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night. Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor en route to a game-high 20 points.
Newberry (11-10, 6-7 South Atlantic Conference) has now won five of its last six games. Davis scored his 20 points in just 20 minutes of action and also recorded eight rebounds and three second half blocks which helped seal the Wolves' win.
Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) scored 18 and Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) netted a career-high 13 as well. Newberry shot 53.4% (31-of-58) from the floor, including a solid 18-of-32 (56.3%) in the second half.
Anderson (14-9, 8-5 SAC) was led by a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double by Taylor Shugart (Rock Hill, S.C.) and 15 points from Denzail Jones (Tuscaloosa, Ala.). Nick Trull (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 and Brandon Young (Belmont, N.C.) netted 10.
The two teams had already locked horns earlier this season with Anderson taking a 111-106 decision, and fans hoping for another tight game were not disappointed in the first half. There were five ties and five lead changes in the first 20 minutes, and neither squad to pull out to a lead of more than five points. Both teams made 13 field goals in the first half, with Newberry good for 13-of-26 (50.0%) shooting and Anderson connecting on 13-of-35 (37.1%) of its shots. Both sides also made six free throws in the first half, and the Trojans found themselves with a two-point halftime lead thanks to a 3-1 advantage on three-pointers made.
The Wolves scored the first five points of the second half before Anderson went on a 10-1 surge to pull out to a 45-39 lead with 15:39 to go in the game. Newberry whittled the lead down to four points with 11:28 to go and kept the Trojans from converting a field goal for the next 4:17. In that span, Newberry went on a 15-4 run to grab the lead for good.
Anderson only dressed 10 players for the game, but gamely kept fighting. A layup and three-pointer by Trull narrowed the lead to only three points with just under seven minutes to go. But solid play from Newberry's Davis and Riley throughout the second half allowed the Wolves to stretch the lead into double digits with under a minute to play and hold on for the win.
Riley scored 15 of his points in the second half and Davis netted 11 in just nine minutes. Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) was big off of the bench with five points and five rebounds in the half. Newberry shot 56.3% (18-of-32) in the period and 70.0% (14-of-20) from the charity stripe in the half.
Newberry hits the road for the weekend game with one of the toughest tests of the season. Waiting for the Wolves in Tennessee are the No. 5 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters, who are one of only two remaining undefeated teams in Division II at 21-0. At 13-0 LMU has already clinched at least a share of the SAC regular season title thanks to Newberry's win over Anderson. Tipoff in Harrogate, Tenn., is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's teams.