|November 11, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SALEM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.438 (32-73)||.563 (36-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (12-30)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.423 (11-26)||.794 (27-34)|
Brock - 19
Garner - 11
Bethea - 4
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Five Wolves scored in double digits and Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) and Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) each recorded double-doubles as Newberry College opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 107-87 win over visiting Salem International in the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament at Eleazer Arena on Friday night.
Newberry (1-0) moves on to the championship game of the tournament, where they will face off with Georgia College (1-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Georgia College was a 72-59 winner over Lee (Tenn.) in the tournament's first game. SIU and Lee will play in the consolation game at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Newberry 107, Salem International 87 (Box Score)
Newberry scored 18 field goals in each half on an excellent shooting night, where the Wolves connected on 56.3% (36-of-64) of their shots. Newberry was also 27-of-34 (79.4%) from the free throw line.
Garner led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate debut, while Reynolds netted 21 points and 11 rebounds. True freshman Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) scored 12 points with eight assists and five rebounds, while Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 14 points with five assists and three rebounds. Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) also netted double digits with 18 points.
71 of Newberry's points came from players making their senior college debut. The victory is just the fourth time in program history Newberry has scored over 100 points in the season opener, and the most in a home opener since a 106-81 win over now-defunct Friendship College in the first-ever game in Eleazer Arena in 1981.
For Salem, Antonio Bethea and Walter Brock scored 19 points apieces, while Kenneth McCornell scored 13 and Jacob Miller netted 10.
After E.J. Mills (Columbia, S.C.) hit the opening shot to put Newberry ahead, Salem hit shots for the next six minutes to take an 18-10 lead at the 14:12 mark. But the Wolves' offense woke up, scoring 21 consecutive points in the next 6:30, with a Garner layup giving Newberry a 31-18 lead with 7:45 left in the half.
The Tigers were not discouraged by the resurgent Wolves, and were able to cut the deficit to as few as five points at 38-33 with 4:07 left in the period on back-to-back three-pointers from Bethea and McCornell. Over the last few moments of the half, SIU attempted to regain the lead, but Newberry never relinquished it, taking a 51-44 lead into the halftime break.
Newberry stormed out of the break on an 8-0 run in the first 2:32, pushing the lead to 59-44 on a pair of Garner free throws. With 15 minutes left, a Walker layup gave Newberry its largest lead to that point at 68-50, but the Tigers surged again. Within 1:45, SIU cut the Wolves' lead to seven points when Cedrick Collins' layup made it 69-62 with 13:16 to go. With 11:48 to go, Newberry's lead was down to four on a McCornell triple.
With just over eight minutes to go, it was Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) who staked Newberry out to an unassailable lead with back-to-back three-pointers to put Newberry up by 13 at 81-68. The lead would not trickle into single figures again. The century mark fell by the wayside with 3:38 to go when Garner made his third straight basket to put Newberry up 101-82.
Georgia College 72, Lee 59 (Box Score)
Ryan Aquino scored 19 points and Jared Holmes added 18 points as the Bobcats opened their season with the win. Tarrance Chatman also had 10 points.
Alex Wells was the only Lee Flame in double figures with 22 points.