|November 15, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NORTHGEO||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.345 (19-55)||.446 (29-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (4-15)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.872 (41-47)||.783 (18-23)|
Smith - 6
Varrichione - 6
Tinney - 3
Core - 3
Tinney - 3
Holder - 3
Smith - 1
Core - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves rebounded from their first loss of the season to take down the previously unbeaten North Georgia Saints, 85-83, in Eleazer Arena on Tuesday night.
Newberry (2-1) emerged victorious in a battle that saw 11 ties and 20 lead changes, with neither team ever able to stretch their lead into double digits. Newberry was led by 21 points from Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.). Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) scored 12 points and Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) was good for 10 points.
The Saints (2-1) were paced by 19 points from Chaun Tinney, 17 points from Clarence Tillman and 11 points off the bench from Tyler Norman. North Georgia connected on 41-of-47 (87.2%) of its free throws in the game, while making just 19-of-55 (34.5%) of its field goal attempts.
The back-and-forth affair started off with four consecutive Newberry points and neither squad could push their lead beyond four points until the Wolves went on a 7-0 run starting at the 5:15 mark of the first half. A pair of free throws from Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) followed by a three-pointer from Antoni Magdos (Knoxville, Tenn.) and a steal-and-score from Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) put Newberry up 34-28 with 3:17 left in the half.
North Georgia cut the lead to five with a free throw, but Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) nailed a triple from the corner to put Newberry up by eight. However, the Saints took off on a 10-0 run just before the half, but a quick basket by Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) on an inbounds play with 1.6 seconds left on the clock gave Newberry a 40-39 halftime lead.
Newberry started the second half on an 10-2 run, with another Dixon trey giving Newberry a 50-41 lead with 16:23 left to play, the largest lead either team would have at any point in the game. The Saints clawed their way back into the game with a 12-3 run of their own, tying the game at 53-all with 13:26 to go on a Michael Varrichione layup.
The biggest lead from then until the final seconds would be a six-point NGCSU advantage at the 7:01 mark, but Newberry would tie the game back up within 1:20. The Saints had an 81-80 lead on a Tinney layup with 1:00 left, but a Garner layup, one free throw from Walker and a pair of free throws by Smith after he grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled, sealed the game
Newberry hosts the Newberry Classic this weekend, starting play ay 5 p.m. Saturday against Barber-Scotia. Voorhees and Washington Adventist will square up following that contest. On Sunday, Voorhees and Barber-Scotia play at 2 p.m., with Newberry and WAU to follow. North Georgia hosts Truett-McConnell next Tuesday.