|February 11, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMU||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.608 (31-51)||.529 (27-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.250 (3-12)|
|FT Percentage||.640 (16-25)||.806 (25-31)|
Walker - 2
Steinarsson - 2
Akins - 2
Craig - 1
Bailey - 1
Troyli - 1
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Despite a great second half comeback, the Newberry Wolves found themselves on the wrong end of an 84-82 thriller, with the No. 8 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters escaping Eleazer Arena with the win Saturday evening.
Newberry is now 13-9 overall and 7-7 in South Atlantic Conference play, while LMU is now 22-2 overall and 13-2 in the league.
Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 18 points and grabbed four steals to lead the Wolves, while Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 17 points and Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) netted 10.
LMU was led by Wally Jones and Jake Troyli, who were the Railsplitters' top point men and each hit clutch three-pointers in the last 30 seconds of the second half to propel the guests to the win. Jones scored a game-high 19, with Troyli scoring 18 and Desmond Johnson scoring 11.
The nationally-ranked visitors took a lead three minutes into the game and did not relinquish it until the halftime break. From the 5:00 mark of the period the 'Splitters went on a 10-1 run to get up by 16 with three minutes left. LMU took an 11-point lead into the locker room.
Despite the deficit, Newberry was not having a poor half, shooting 51.7% from the field (15-of-29), but LMU was lights out at 18-of-27 (66.7%) shooting with an 18-7 edge on the boards.
The Wolves stormed out of the locker room from the intermission, needing just four minutes to cut the lead down to five points at 50-45 with 16:04 left in the game on a Dixon triple.
The guests were able to get back out to a 13-point lead in short order before the Newberry comeback was on. LMU led 60-47 with 12:30 to go and the Wolves' 11-2 run over the next four minutes narrowed the LMU lead to four points.
LMU led by seven with just under six minutes left before the Wolves were able to get the crowd back into the game with the best comeback of the game. A 9-2 run capped by a pair of Walker free throws tied the game for the first time in the second half at 72-all just under four minutes left.
Newberry led by two going into the final minute, with a Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) layup putting Newberry up 80-78. Troyli - LMU's center - nailed a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor to put the Railsplitters up 81-80.
Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) reclaimed the lead for the Wolves at 82-81 on a layup, but Jones' cold-blooded three-pointer put LMU up 84-82 with 2.7 seconds left. Newberry's last-ditch shot attempt fell wayward, letting the 'Splitters escape the Palmetto State with a win.
Newberry shot 12-of-22 (54.5%) in the second half and was 19-of-22 (86.4%) from the charity stripe in the half. The Wolves connected on 27-of-51 (52.9%) of their shots in the game. LMU shot 60.8% (31-of-51) for the game.