|February 26, 2011||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||CATM|
|FG Percentage||.403 (27-67)||.424 (28-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.346 (9-26)||.296 (8-27)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (22-33)||.686 (24-35)|
SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College Wolves struggled in the second half but scored the last eight points of regulation to force overtime at Goodman Gym, but Catawba College outscored Newberry in the extra frame to earn an 88-85 win.
Newberry (13-13 overall, 8-10 South Atlantic Conference) finishes the regular season in a five-way tie for fourth place in the league standings and will be the fourth seed in the Food Lion SAC Tournament next week.
Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) had his third straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) had a career-high 16 points with seven assists and six rebounds. Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) also scored 16 points, while Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Catawba (12-14 overall, 8-10 SAC) was paced by a couple of huge performances. Keon Moore netted 26 points and Dominick Reid scored 25. Three other Catawba players scored in double digits.
Newberry shot the lights out in the first half, connecting on 19-of-29 (65.5%) of their shots including six three-pointers, three of which were scored from the hands of Dixon. The Wolves connected on their first two shots of the game and trailed for only 12 seconds in the half. However, Newberry could never really pull away from Catawba and didn't grab a double digit lead despite the hot shooting.
The inability to pull away could largely be attributed to the Wolves' 17 turnovers, which Catawba converted into 18 points. A Davis putback just before the buzzer gave Newberry a 52-45 lead at the break.
The scarlet and gray pushed the lead to double figures inside the first minute of the second half and led by 11 points with 15:39 to play before the game started to deteriorate. Newberry had a much harder time finding the basket, as the Wolves shot just 22.2% (6-of-27) in the period. Catawba took its first lead with 7:22 left in regulation and led by eight points with 2:55 to go in the second half.
Newberry would not give up though, scoring the final eight points of the contest. Neither team could put a point on the board in the final 1:05 of the half, sending the game to overtime.
The teams traded body blows in the overtime period but five straight points from Reid including a long-distance three pointer gave Catawba an 87-82 lead with 55 seconds to play. A Lee Martin free throw pushed Catawba's lead to six, but Lockhart nailed a triple to cut it to three points. Dixon had a chance to tie the game with less than five seconds remaining, but Martin blocked his three-point attempt to solidify the win for Catawba.
Newberry shot 40.3% (27-of-67) for the game, while Catawba connected on 42.4% (28-of-66) of its shots. Newberry held a 53-36 rebounding advantage and recorded 14 steals, but turned the ball over 33 times.
The Wolves' first round conference tournament game on Wednesday will start at 8 p.m. against fifth-seeded Tusculum. The Wolves and Pioneers split the season series with each team winning on the road.