|December 10, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||TCM|
|FG Percentage||.420 (21-50)||.473 (26-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.760 (19-25)||.720 (18-25)|
Smith - 5
Steinarsson - 3
Steigerwald - 3
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Newberry redshirt freshman Dondray Walker led all scorers with 24 points, but the performance by the Fountain Inn-native was not enough as the Wolves dropped their first conference game of the 2011-12 season to Tusculum 76-70.
Newberry (5-3, 1-1 South Atlantic Conference) was forced to play from behind most of the evening as the Pioneers (5-4, 2-0 SAC) opened the contest on a 16-2 run. The Wolves slowly cut into the Pioneers lead as the first half continued and eventually took their first lead of the evening with 6:21 in the first half as Walker stole the ball from Tusculum's Nicholas Spinks and after receiving a pass from junior Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) Walker hit a jumper to give the Wolves a one-point lead.
After Justin Steigerwald hit a 3-pointer for Tusculum, Walker answered with a three of his own, again from Akins to give the Wolves another one-point lead at 5:49 in the first half. Tusculum tied the game up at 27-27 before the Wolves took control of the game extending their lead to as many as six points before the half ended with the Wolves ahead 37-36.
Newberry and Tusculum exchanged leads throughout the early portion of the second half until Jordan Davidson's layup at 13:16 gave the Pioneers a two-point lead that Tusculum would ride to the final buzzer. The Pioneers led by nine points late in the second half before Walker hit another 3-pointer with two seconds on the clock to end the game with Tusculum on top by six.
Walker added three steals to his 24-point performance, while freshman Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. Hawkins and redshirt freshman Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) led the Wolves with five rebounds each. Newberry freshman Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) scored five points, recorded three steals and three assists in his collegiate debut.
Newberry will host Coker on Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. The Newberry College athletic department is offering free admission to Tuesday's contest against the Cobras.