December 03, 20111st2ndFinal
Lenoir-Rhyne324880
Newberry425193
Stats at a GlanceL-RNEWM
FG Percentage.517 (30-58) .448 (26-58)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .444 (12-27)
FT Percentage.591 (13-22) .829 (29-35)
Offensive Rebounds1115
Defensive Rebounds2026
Total Rebounds3141
Turnovers1917
Steals611
Bench Points2330
LeadersL-RNEWM
PointsBeasley - 19
Walker - 23
ReboundsBeasley - 13
Reynolds - 7
Akins - 7
TEAM - 7
AssistsThomas - 3
Akins - 6
StealsHathcock - 2
Akins - 5
BlocksThomas - 2
Charles - 1
Walker - 1
Walker and Akins pace Wolves to 93-80 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in SAC opener


Walker and Akins pace Wolves to 93-80 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in SAC opener
Saturday, December 3, 2011 | by Walker scores 23; Akins has 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College redshirt freshman Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 23 points and junior Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals as the Wolves opened their South Atlantic Conference schedule with a 93-80 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.

Newberry (5-2, 1-0 SAC) pulled away in the middle of the first half and led Lenoir-Rhyne (1-5, 0-2 SAC) for the entire second half to open league play with a win.

Walker and Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) each connected on five three-pointers, while Akins was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw stripe. Hawkins finished with 15 points. Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to round out Newberry's double digit scorers.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double from B.J. Beasley (Charlotte, N.C.). Denzel Dillingham (Hickory, N.C.) scored 18 points off of the bench, while R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) netted five three-pointers on the way to a 17-point game.

Neither team could pull away from each other early, and the game was tied for the fifth time at 16-all with 12:40 left in the first half. From there, the Wolves went on a 15- run, with a pair of free throws by Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) giving Newberry a 31-18 lead with just under eight minutes left in the half.

Newberry pushed its lead to 15 points on a Walker triple with 2:35 left in the half, but the Bears scored the final five points of the half to cut Newberry's advantage to 42-32 at the break.

At the half, each team had taken 26 field goals, with L-R holding a 13-11 advantage on made shots. Newberry had 10 assists on 11 made shots, and was 14-of-18 from the charity stripe to pull out to the lead.

The Wolves pushed their lead back out to 15 points within the first minute of the second half, and held their largest lead of the game at 16 points with 14:25 left in the game. But the Bears were not done, as they went on a 15-3 surge, narrowing the deficit to 66-62 with just under 10 minutes to play.

Newberry ran away from there, going on a 13-5 run to take a 79-67 lead with under six minutes left on a Walker triple. Lenoir-Rhyne managed to get the lead down to as few as eight points with just over two minutes left, but four straight Akins free throws in the last 1:05 of the game kept the Bears at arms' length and closed out the Wolves' win.

The Wolves were 15-of-17 from the free throw line in the second half and nailed six three-pointers in the period.

Newberry takes a break for final exams before returning to action next Saturday at Tusculum. Tipoff on December 10 in Greeneville, Tenn., is set for 4 p.m. following the completion of the women's game. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Saint Andrews on Tuesday night.