|February 01, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MHCM||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.473 (26-55)||.534 (31-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.389 (7-18)||.368 (7-19)|
|FT Percentage||.567 (17-30)||.800 (20-25)|
Walker - 3
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves jumped out to a big first half lead and held off a second half Mars Hill charge to earn an 89-76 win in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night. The win was the Wolves' fifth straight victory, and five players scored in double figures for the scarlet and gray.
Newberry moves to 13-6 overall and 7-4 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Mars Hill falls to 4-16 overall and 2-9 in the league.
Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led the Wolves with 20 points and Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) netted 15 points. Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 14 points and went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.) scored 12 points and grabbed a team high eight rebounds and Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) scored 11 points to round out the Wolves' doible digit scorers.
For Mars Hill, the nation's top freshman scorer - Terrell Harris - led all players with 31 points to go with eight rebounds, while the nation's top overall scorer - Sammy Emile - scored 22 points despite sitting out most of the first half with early foul trouble.
The visiting Lions used the glass early to take an 8-7 lead in the first three minutes, with Harris and Cody King banking in three-pointers. Newberry responded with a 10-0 run to push to a 17-8 lead with 13 minutes left in the half.
Newberry's lead was at 31-24 with 5:15 left in the first half and scored 13 straight points with a pair of layups from Reynolds, a Tomasson triple and back-to-back Walker three pointers pushing the advantage to 44-24 with two minutes left. The Wolves were able to get out to as much as a 25-point lead before taking a 52-29 lead into the break.
The Wolves shot 59.4% (19-of-32) from the field in the first half, and made 11-of-12 free throw chances (91.7%). Mars Hill was 10-of-24 (41.7%) from the field in the half and made only 4-of-15 (26.7%) of its first half free throws.
After the teams traded buckets out of the locker room, a Dixon three-pointer gave Newberry its largest lead of the game at 57-31 just a minute into the half. The scoring went in waves before the Lions used a 9-0 run in the middle of the half to cut the lead down to 12 points at 75-63 with 7:48 left in regulation. An Akins jumper in the lane with five minutes left gave Newberry an 81-69 lead, but the Lions made things tight with a 7-0 run, narrowing the deficit to 81-76 with just under three minutes remaining.
Mars Hill went 0-for-4 from the field for the remainder of the game, and Newberry went 6-for-8 at the free throw line to close out the win.
Newberry shot 46.2% (12-of-26) in the second half to wind up with a solid 53.4% (31-of-58) percentage for the game. Mars Hill made 51.6% (16-of-31) of its second half shots on the way to a 47.3% (26-of-55) percentage for the game.
The Wolves hit the road to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, while the Lions host Anderson that afternoon.