|February 12, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LMUM|
|FG Percentage||.359 (23-64)||.448 (26-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (5-19)||.353 (6-17)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (21-28)||.839 (26-31)|
Ndoloum - 6
Charles - 2
Young - 2
Riley - 2
Dixon - 2
Armstrong - 3
Garrett - 2
HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry Wolves went into Tex Turner Arena in an attempt to become the first team this season to defeat the fifth-ranked Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters, but LMU outshot the Wolves on the way to an 84-72 win.
Newberry falls to 11-11 overall and 6-8 in South Atlantic Conference play, while LMU is now 22-0 overall and 14-0 in SAC play, clinching the regular season title.
The Wolves trailed by only two at the halftime break, 40-38, but the Railsplitters went on a surge out of the break and didn't let Newberry back within arm's reach of the lead. Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) led the Wolves with 13 points, while Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) had 12 points, Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) scored 11 and Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) netted 10.
The Railsplitters were led by 22 points from Brandon Armstrong, while D'Mario Curry had a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double. Kierre Jordan scored 15 points as well.
Lincoln Memorial started the game off on a 12-3 run in the first four minutes and led by 12 points with 6:51 remaining in the first half. Newberry cut into that lead slightly, but LMU was back out to 12 points with 3:26 left in the period. However, it was the Wolves who closed out the half on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 40-38 at the break.
Newberry was good for 35.5% (11-of-31) of its first half shots, while LMU made 13-of-30 (43.3%) of its chances from the floor in the first half.
LMU's shooting heated up in the second half and the Railsplitters also took advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line. An Armstrong three-pointer opened the half to give LMU a five-point lead, and Newberry cut it to four on a breakaway dunk by Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.), but LMU connected on back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to double digits. The Wolves were only able to cut the deficit to single digits three times in the final 10 minutes, as the Railsplitters showed why they are nationally ranked.
The Wolves made 12-of-33 (36.4%) of their second half shots, but only made eight free throws. LMU made one more field goal (13-of-28; 46.4%) and 14 free throws in the second half.
Newberry stays on the road to take on second place Wingate next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Wingate, N.C.