|January 11, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.487 (37-76)||.565 (35-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.440 (11-25)||.552 (16-29)|
|FT Percentage||.640 (16-25)||.632 (12-19)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Despite an outstanding shooting performance and 24 points off of the bench from Tomas Tomasson, the Newberry Wolves came out on the wrong end of a thrilling 101-98 game with the Anderson Trojans in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
In front of the largest Eleazer Arena crowd since 2007 against Presbyterian, the Wolves shot 56.5% (35-of-62) from the floor, but the Trojans scored 37 points off of turnovers in a game with five ties and 17 lead changes.
Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) made his first seven shots, including five first half three-pointers, on his way to a career high on 8-of-10 shooting including 7-of-8 from three-point range.
Newberry falls to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Trojans are now 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the SAC.
Tomasson was not the only offensive star for Newberry, as true freshman Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) scored 19 points with nine assists, five steals and three rebound. Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds and Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 15 points.
The Trojans were led by 25 points from Nick Trull and a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double from SAC Player of the Week Taylor Shugart. Denzail Jones scored 20 points with seven assists, and Chandler Hash scored 15 points off of the bench.
In one of the most exciting basketball games played in Newberry in recent memory, the lead was only in double digits for either side for a total of 12 seconds. Walker opened the scoring with a three-pointer and the teams proceeded to battle back and forth before a Trojans surge put the guests up by nine on a Tyrell McDowell triple with 8:13 left in the half.
Anderson led by nine still with 3:17 left in the half at 46-37, but the Wolves roared back to close out the half on a 15-0 run, with a Hawkins putback in the lane as time expired giving the hosts a 52-46 lead at the break.
Newbery shot a stunning 63.6% (21-of-33) in the half, including 6-of-6 from Tomasson, while Anderson was 17-of-38 (44.7%) in the half.
The Trojans opened up the second half on an 11-2 run to retake the lead in the first 2:30 of the period. An 8-0 run gave AU a 67-59 lead with 14:40 left, but the Wolves steadily fought their way back after falling behind by 10 with just under 11 minutes remaining. A Walker three-pointer with 7:33 left gave Newberry the lead again, and the tight battle setup a raucous finish.
With just 1:28 left in the game, the teams found themselves tied at 95-all. A Shugart tip-in gave AU a 97-95 lead, but a Tomasson three-pointer set off the crowd with just under 48 seconds left and a 98-97 Newberry lead. However, it was a Shugart layup followed by a Jo'el Lamb steal and a pair of Jones free throws that put Anderson up three. Newberry had two chances to tie the game with a three-pointer in the final eight seconds, but both were missed to give Anderson the win.
Newberry hosts Carson-Newman (9-6, 2-3 SAC) on Saturday afternoon, while one of the SAC's premier battles will take place when Anderson hosts nationally-ranked No. 1 Lincoln Memorial (15-0, 5-0 SAC) on Saturday in a battle of teams undefeated in the league.