|February 16, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||WUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.339 (19-56)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (32-44)||.829 (29-35)|
Lockhart - 3
WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College Wolves came back to within one possession in the final minute against Wingate for the second time this season, but once again it was the Bulldogs' effort at the free throw stripe that spelled defeat for Newberry, as the Wolves lost 83-78 in Cuddy Arena.
Newberry (11-12 overall, 6-9 SAC) got within three points and Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) had a chance to go to the rack and score, but a blocked shot with the rebound going to the Bulldogs (15-8, 10-5 SAC) kept Newberry from victory.
The Bulldogs made the most of their chances at the free throw line, connecting on 29-of-35 chances, including six made free throws in the final 1:05 of the game.
Newberry's Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) led the Wolves with 13 points, while Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.), Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) and Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) each scored 12 points.
Wingate was led by Jaime Vaughn with 28 points and Odell Turner with 20 points, as the two players combined for over half of the Bulldogs' points. Vaughn was a stellar 12-of-13 at the free throw line.
In the early going of the first half, neither team could pull away from the other, but the Wolves went scoreless for a five minute span in which Wingate scored 18 straight points to take an 11-point lead with 4:44 to play in the first half. Wingate would take an eight-point lead into the locker room at 41-33. The Bulldogs shot 43.8% (14-of-32) in the first half, while Newberry connected on just 9-of-23 (39.1%) of its first half field goal attempts.
The Bulldogs scored the first points of the second half to get back to a double digit lead, but the Wolves were able to fight back to within three points on a pair of free throws by Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) with 15:36 to play. Wingate eased back out though, outscoring Newberry 10-3 over the next 5:20 to get back to a double figure advantage.
A three-pointer by Patrick Ryan (Orlando, Fla.) with 7:49 to play cut Newberry's deficit to just one point at 63-62, but the Wolves could still not manage to break through and grab a lead as the Bulldogs kept Newberry at arm's length until the dying moments of the game.
Newberry trailed by four points with 1:24 to go, but a Vaughn layup followed by a technical foul against Newberry for a botched substitution extended the Wingate lead to eight with 1:04 to play. The teams traded free throws, but Newberry forced two Wingate turnovers and a Riley layup with 22 seconds to go narrowed the lead to just three points. On the ensuing possession, Riley stole the ball and drove to the rack for the quick points, but Turner blocked the shot and the ball went out of bounds to Wingate following a loose ball situation. Newberry tried to foul its way back into the game, but the Bulldogs' charity stripe prowess didn't fail them as the hosts held on for the win.
Newberry outscored the Bulldogs in the second half despite shooting 30.3% (10-of-33) in the period compared to a 41.7% (10-of-24) clip for the Bulldogs. Wingate missed only four free throws in 24 chances in the half, while Newberry was 20-of-27 in the second period.
The Wolves will look to get back into the win column Saturday at home, as the Carson-Newman Eagles come to town for a 4 p.m. tipoff. The last time the two teams met up, Newberry set SAC records for shot attempts, offensive rebounds and steals, but the Eagles came away with a 99-89 win.