|February 23, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BCM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.375 (24-64)||.441 (26-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.143 (2-14)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.786 (22-28)||.605 (23-38)|
Roper - 3
Charles - 2
Lockhart - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves outshot the Brevard Tornados and followed 17 points from Brandon Riley and a double-double by Tony Davis to an 81-72 victory in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.
The Wolves honored Charles Ndoloum (Ndjamena, Chad), Danny Huffor (Marco Island, Fla.), Ray Robinson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) for the contributions to the program in the "Senior Night" ceremony prior to the game.
Newberry (13-12 overall, 8-9 South Atlantic Conference) finds itself in a four-way tie for fourth place in the league with Brevard, Carson-Newman and Tusculum entering the final game of the regular season this weekend. All four teams could find themselves anywhere from the fourth to eighth seed in the first round of the Food Lion SAC Tournament next week depending on Saturday's results.
Riley (Baltimore, Md.) netted 17 points with six rebounds to earn high point honors for the Wolves. Davis recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds. He also set a career high for blocked shots with seven, just one short of tying the school record. Robinson also scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Brevard (13-12, 8-9 SAC) was led by 21 points from Josh Roper, while Gaither Hendrix scored 19 and Josh Jordan scored 11.
The Tornados scored the first bucket of the game and would extend their lead to eight points with 13:10 remaining in the first half on a Hendrix three-point play, but Newberry chipped away at the led. The Wolves outscored Brevard 17-6 over the next six minutes to take a 23-20 lead on a Robinson layup. They would not trail again.
After a Roper jumper narrowed the deficit to one point, the Wolves went on a 9-0 surge in under a minute and a half, capped by a steal and breakaway dunk by Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) which gave Newberry a 32-22 edge with 4:46 left in the half. The Tornados brought the margin down to three points with just under two minutes left in the half, but Newberry would take a 38-31 lead into the halftime break.
Both teams had similar shooting percentages in the first half, with Brevard going 12-of-31 (38.7%) in the period, while Newberry made 14-of-36 (38.9%) of its shots. Newberry had a 25-19 edge on the boards, converting 10 offensive rebounds into 10 second chance points.
Newberry took a 10-point lead on its first possession of the second half, but Brevard whittled the lead down to one point at 43-42 with 15:48 to go. The Wolves took off though, and pushed the lead back out to double digits just four minutes later. The Tornados managed to get the lead back down to six points with 6:27 to play, but Newberry would not let the Tornados back within arm's reach, extending the advantage to as many as 14 points at one point late in the game.
The scarlet and gray held a 25-15 rebounding edge in the half and made four three-pointers to the Tornados' one in the period.
Newberry has now clinched a Food Lion SAC Tournament berth, but will try to earn the highest seed possible in Saturday's game at Catawba (11-14 overall, 7-10). Tipoff in Catawba's Goodman Gym is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.