|February 08, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||AUM|
|FG Percentage||.368 (21-57)||.561 (32-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.500 (12-24)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (22-30)||.833 (20-24)|
Sledge - 1
Shugart - 1
ANDERSON, S.C. - The Newberry Wolves men's basketball team had a tough night from the floor while the league-leading Anderson Trojans shot 56.1% from the floor to earn a 96-71 victory in the Abney Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
With the loss, Newberry falls to 13-8 overall and 7-6 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Anderson goes to 17-4 and 12-1 in league play. The schedule gets no easier for the Wolves, as they host No. 8 nationally ranked Lincoln Memorial (21-2, 11-2 SAC) in Eleazer Arena at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led Newberry with 15 points, while Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) scored 13. Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) and Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) netted 12 points apiece.
Anderson's Denzail Jones led all players with 29 points, while Nick Trull scored 21 and Chandler Hash scored 11.
Neither team could find the hoop easily early, but Newberry jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute and a half, and the teams were only tied 8-all at the under-12 media timeout. A Dixon triple gave Newberry an 11-8 lead, but a 12-2 run over the next three minutes gave the Trojans the lead at 20-13 with just under nine minutes to play.
Another 9-2 run by the Trojans put Anderson's lead in double digits for the first time at 29-19 with 4:34 to play in the half, and while Newberry trailed by only seven with two and a half minutes remaining, the hosts pushed the lead to 15 points on a putback as time expired by Tyrell McDowell.
Anderson shot 44.8% (13-of-29) from the floor in the opening half, while Newberry connected on just 9-of-24 (37.5%) of its shots, including only three three-pointers.
The teams traded buckets in the early moments of the second half, but a 6-0 run by Anderson pushed the lead to 21 points at 53-32 with 15:11 to go. Anderson would go on to lead by as many as 27 points, while Newberry could not get the margin back under 20.
Newberry was once again cold in the second half, making 12-of-33 (36.4%) of its shots, making the game average 36.8% (21-of-57). The 57 shot attempts was Newberry's second-fewest in a league game this season. The Wolves did have double digit steals for the fourth straight game, led by Dixon's three.
Anderson seemingly could not miss in the second period, making 19-of-28 (67.9%) of its shots in the half on the way to a 56.1% (32-of-57) game. The Trojans also had a 37-33 rebounding margin.