|January 25, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BCM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.500 (30-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.400 (10-25)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (7-14)||.636 (14-22)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves followed 16 points from Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) and led wire-to-wire in an 84-68 victory over the visiting Brevard Tornados in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
With the win, Newberry moves to 10-6 overall and 5-4 in South Atlantic Conference play at the halfway point of league play. Brevard falls to 2-6 overall and 1-8 in the league.
The Wolves claimed the second highest scoring offense in the nation coming into the night and got off to a torrid start, making eight of their first 10 shots in the first six minutes of the game with a three-pointer by Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) giving Newberry an early 20-7 lead. A Dixon layup with just under nine minutes left in the half gave the Wolves their largest lead of the game at 32-14.
The Tornados' shooting came around later in the half, as the guests were able to narrow the deficit to as few as six points inside the final minute, but a three-pointer from the corner by Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) just before time expired gave Newberry a 49-36 halftime lead. The Wolves shot 51.5% (17-of-33) in the first half, while the Tornados connected at a 51.7% (15-of-29) clip in the opening period. Newberry made six three-pointers in the half.
The outside shooting put Newberry out to a larger lead immediately out of the break as Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) nailed back-to-back treys to put the hosts back out to a 15-point advantage. Brevard got the lead down to 13 points before a Walker triple and a Garner layup put the lead at 62-44, with the 18-point edge matching the biggest lead of the game.
A Drew Schauss three-pointer at the 4:11 mark brought the Tornados to single digits for the first time in the second half at 73-64, but Dixon's layup with 3:50 to play put the Wolves ahead by double figures for the rest of the game. Newberry shot 48.1% (13-of-27) in the half to round out the game at an even 50% (30-of-60) shooting for the night.
Garner led the Wolves with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Walker netted 14 points. Four Newberry players - Tomasson, Steinarsson, Dixon and Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) - each scored nine points. For Brevard, Darius Moose led all scorers with 19 points and eight rebounds. Gaither Hendrix scored 17 points and Schauss scored 10.
The Wolves start the second half of league play Saturday with the second of four consecutive home games. Newberry's matchup against Tusculum is set to start at approximately 4 p.m., following the completion of the women's contest.