|January 18, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||WUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.354 (23-65)||.607 (34-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.579 (11-19)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.810 (17-21)|
Turner - 6
Steinarsson - 2
WINGATE, N.C. - A cold shooting night for the Newberry Wolves combined with a host shooting night for the homestanding Wingate Bulldogs resulted in a lopsided 96-64 Wingate victory in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday night.
Newberry falls to 8-6 overall and 3-4 in SAC play, while the Bulldogs move to 9-8 overall and 5-2 in the league.
For Newberry, Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) had a hot night from the floor, connecting on 8-of-12 shots with a trio of three-pointers for 23 points. Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) was the only other Newberry player in double digits with 14 points.
For Wingate, Jaime Vaughn had a spectacular night, making 10-of-15 shots including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for a game high 29 points. Vaughn had only made 14 three-pointers this season prior to tonight's game. Odell Turner scored 15 points and Chase Smith added 14 for the Bulldogs.
Newberry started the game in its normal hot shot manner, with Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) nailing a three-pointer to open the scoring and a Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) jumper giving the Wolves a five-point lead just 2:25 into the game. Garner's jumper in the lane with 15:45 left in the opening half gave Newberry an 11-4 lead.
The Bulldogs then heated up while cooling the Wolves down. The hosts quickly came back to tie the game, 16-all at the under-12 media timeout. A Vaughn triple with 10:32 to go gave WU the lead, and another Vaughn triple five and a half minutes later had stretched the 'Dogs lead to 10 points at 36-26. Newberry could consider itself lucky to trail only 47-37 at the halftime break, considering Wingate shot 65.4% (17-of-26) from the floor in the half and Newberry made only 38.9% (14-of-36) of its shots.
The teams battled back and forth for the first few minutes of the second half, with the margin remaining at 10 points with 16:35 to go, but Wingate went on a 12-0 surge over a 2:35 span to push the lead to 22 points and effectively put the game out of reach. Newberry was unable to narrow the margin to fewer than 18 points the rest of the way, and an Eddie Lewis three-pointer in the waning moments provided Wingate with their largest lead of the game in the final 96-64 margin.
Newberry shot only 31.0% (9-of-29) in the second half and 35.4% (23-of-65) for the game, while Wingate was good for 56.7% (17-of-30) in the second half and 60.7% (34-of-56) in the game.
The Wolves did manage to pull down 21 offensive rebounds and convert them into 17 second chance points, but the Newberry bench was outscored for the first time this season.
Newberry returns to action at Catawba to close a two-game roadtrip. The game is set to tip off at approximately 4 p.m. in Goodman Gym in Salisbury, N.C.