|January 07, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LMU|
|FG Percentage||.391 (25-64)||.590 (36-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (18-30)||.462 (12-26)|
Garner - 11
Dixon - 3
Armstrong - 5
Garner - 2
HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry College Wolves hung with the No. 3-ranked team in the land, but the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters put together a second half surge to pull away and earn a 92-76 win over the Wolves in South Atlantic Conference action at Tex Turner Arena on Saturday.
Newberry falls to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in SAC play, while the Railsplitters move to 14-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. While the Wolves were held to well below their season average, the 76 points marks the most points scored against LMU this season.
Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) and Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) tied for the team lead in scoring again with 11 points each, while Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) netted 10 points.
For LMU, Cam Carden scored a game-high 15 points on five three-pointers, while Justin Allen scored 12 points and Lorenza Ross scored 11.
The Railsplitters got off to a hot start, scoring the first 10 points of the game. With just over 15 minutes left, a Carden three pushed LMU out to a 17-4 lead. The Wolves clawed their way back into the game though.
After trailing by 10 at 34-24 with 7:03 left in the half, Newberry went on a 12-4 run, with a three-pointer by Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) with 3:52 left in the half cut the lead to 38-36. The Railsplitters were able to push the lead out to eight points for a 50-42 advantage.
The Wolves charged out of the locker room, scoring the second half's first seven points. A Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) three-pointer just two minutes into the half cut the lead to a solitary point, and a Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) jumper at the 16:01 mark tied the game at 51-all.
LMU only held a one-point lead at the 13:13 mark, but that's when the Railsplitters went on their surge. Over the next two and a half minutes, LMU went on a 12-0 run capped by a five-point possession from Allen to make it a 71-58 lead with 10:33 to play.
From there, Newberry was able to narrow the deficit to as little as eight points, but could come no closer as the Railsplitters held on for another win.
Newberry only shot 39.1% (25-of-64) from the floor, their lowest shooting percentage of the season against the SAC's top scoring defense. LMU shot 59.0% (36-of-61) from the floor, the best shooting percentage by a Wolves' opponent this season.
The Wolves return home next week for a pair of home games. On Wednesday, Newberry hosts the SAC's other undefeated conference squad in defending Southeast Regional champion Anderson (9-3, 4-0 SAC). Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m. following the completion of the women's game.