|December 13, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||COKERMBB||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.515 (35-68)||.525 (31-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.406 (13-32)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.385 (5-13)||.833 (25-30)|
Hawkins - 3
Steinarsson - 3
Hawkins - 3
Williams - 1
Moses - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves followed a strong scoring presence from their post players and held off a late rally to pull off a 92-88 win over the visiting Coker College Cobras in Eleazer Arena on Tuesday night.
With the Newberry win, both the Wolves and Cobras close out the 2011 calendar year with 6-3 overall records.
Newberry's Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led all scorers with 20 points, while senior Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Wolves scored 48 points in the paint to push on after unusually cold shooting in the early stages of the game.
Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) and Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) each added 12 points and three steals apiece. Walker was 7-of-8 at the free-throw line to lead Newberry's 83.3% (25-of-30) night at the charity stripe.
Coker was led by 17 points from Andrew Morris and 15 points from Julian Nelson. Sharod Williams earned a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Harper had 13 points. Bryce Arnott was a point short of a double-double with nine points and 12 assists.
Neither squad got off to a hot offensive start, as the game was tied at 4-all with 16:38 to play in the opening half, but Newberry went on a 6-0 run in the next two minutes to grab a lead it would not relinquish until the second half.
The Wolves' lead was only up by two points with 12:17 left in the half, but Newberry scored 10 straight on inside buckets from Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland), Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.), Reynolds, Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) and Garner to push out to a 23-11 advantage. The Wolves led by at least eight points for the rest of the period, taking a 43-34 lead into the locker room.
The Cobras were not deterred by the Wolves' lead and cut it down to four points less than two minutes into the second stanza. Newberry pushed up to a nine-point lead at 65-56, but the Cobras took their chance to bite by going on a 10-0 surge over a two minute span to take a 66-65 lead with nine minutes left.
Newberry tied the game quickly, and soon afterwards took off on a 13-3 run to push the lead back to double digits at 81-71 with 3:53 on the clock. That surge was too much for the Cobras to finally overcome, as a Nelson three-pointer in the dying seconds cut the final margin to four points.
Both teams were hot from the field, with the Wolves shot 52.5% (31-of-59) from the floor, while Coker shot 51.5% (35-of-68) in the game. Newberry's outside shooting was not up to their normal standards, but after not connecting on a three-pointer in the first half, the Wolves nailed five triples in the second half.
The Wolves return to action on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 with a road South Atlantic Conference game at Mars Hill. The Cobras travel to Mount Olive for a Conference Carolinas game on January 3.