|March 02, 2011||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||3OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TCM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.403 (25-62)||.274 (17-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.214 (3-14)||.189 (7-37)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (14-22)||.778 (21-27)|
Troutman - 2
Troutman - 2
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The fourth-seeded Newberry College Wolves and fifth-seeded Tusculum College Pioneers found little separating the two teams in Wednesday's Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament quarterfinal, but in the end it was the Pioneers who emerged with a 67-62 triple overtime win in Eleazer Arena.
The game was the longest contest in the history of the SAC Tournament and Newberry's first triple overtime game since an 85-77 loss to Coker on Jan. 5, 1985. It was also Newberry's second straight overtime contest, third overtime game in the last four and the longest game in the history of Eleazer Arena.
Newberry (13-14 overall) was hosting SAC postseason play for just the second time in the program's history after earning the fourth seed as the winner of a five-team tiebreaker. Tusculum (12-17 overall) advances to the tournament semifinals to take on top-seeded Lincoln Memorial at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Catawba Valley Community College Arena in Hickory, N.C.
Neither team was ever able to extend their lead to more than six points during the game, revving up the stellar tournament atmosphere in Eleazer to levels unheard of in the last few years. While Newberry was held to its lowest point total of the season, two players still scored in double digits, led by 12 from Jawuan Lockhart (Washington, D.C.) and 11 from Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.).
Tony Davis (Sarasota, Fla.) scored eight points with nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Davis also established a new South Atlantic Conference single season record for free throw attempts with 245 in his senior campaign.
Tusculum's Justin Steigerwald scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds, while Rob Troutman and Kevin Vest each netted 14 points. Troutman scored 12 of his points in the overtime periods.
The two sides were inefficient in the first half as they combined to make just 13 field goals in the opening 20 minutes. A late Lockhart layup gave the Wolves a 20-19 lead at the break.
Tusculum led by as many as five points under five minutes to play in regulation, but Dixon nailed two straight three-pointers to give Newberry a 42-41 lead with two minutes left in the second half. A Vest layup with 18.9 seconds remaining gave TC a two-point edge, but a Davis tip-in of a Dixon miss tied things up with 8.0 seconds to go. A Steigerwald turnover gave Newberry a chance to end the game in regulation, but a last-second three-pointer by Lockhart was missed, sending the game to the extra frames.
The first overtime had the offensive fireworks regulation was missing. After over 1:20 without either side scoring, Troutman put Tusculum ahead with a long three-pointer, which was promptly answered by a trey from Patrick Ryan (Orlando, Fla.). Another Troutman triple was answered on the next trip down the floor by Coleman Young (Spartanburg, S.C.), sending the Newberry faithful into a frenzy. The teams traded buckets, and Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) sent the game to the second overtime with a putback of his own missed shot to make it 56-56 after 45 minutes.
The second overtime was quite sluggish in comparison, as a pair of Davis free throws and a jumper from TC's Brett Williams were the only scoring. The Pioneers could count themselves fortunate to make the basket, as the shot was their fifth shot of the possession, including back-to-back shots blocked by Davis.
Tusculum took the lead in the third overtime on a quick layup by Steigerwald and Newberry would not be able to make a field goal in the period. The Pioneers gave Newberry opportunities to narrow the lead, and Young cut it to three points with a pair of free throws with 11.9 seconds left, but the Wolves were unable to foul a TC player on the inbounds play, and a layup by Dionte Gray sealed the win for the Pioneers.
The Wolves shot only 27.4% (17-of-62) in the game, their lowest shooting percentage since 2006. Only seven of Newberry's 37 three-point attempts found the basket, and Tusculum held a 43-42 advantage on the boards. Newberry also turned the ball over 26 times.