|February 15, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WUMBB||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.493 (34-69)||.491 (26-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.467 (7-15)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.769 (10-13)|
Garner - 6
NEWBERRY, S.C. - After shooting the lights out in the first half, the Newberry Wolves' shooting was shut down in the second half, as the visiting Wingate Bulldogs emerged from Eleazer Arena with an 85-69 South Atlantic Conference victory Wednesday.
Newberry falls to 13-10 overall and 7-8 in SAC play, while the Bulldogs go to 15-10 overall and 11-4 in the league.
The game was a tale of two halves. Newberry held a 48-45 halftime lead, shooting 19-of-28 (67.9%) in the first half compared to Wingate's 46.2% (18-of-39).
In the second half, Newberry was limited to only 21 points on 7-of-25 (28.0%) shooting, while Wingate went 16-of-30 (53.3%) from the floor. No Newberry player made more than two baskets in the second half.
Both teams started the game firing on all cylinders, with Newberry making its first six shots from the floor, but neither team could pull away. The Wolves took off on a 15-4 run in the middle of the period to take a 39-28 lead with 6:02 left in the period on a Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) three-pointer. The 11-point margin would be Newberry's largest of the game. Wingate was able to close the gap to within one point before the halftime buzzer, but was unable to grab the lead before the break.
Newberry was 5-of-7 from three-point range, but Wingate stayed close with 10 offensive rebounds and six second chance points.
The Bulldogs scored the first four points out of the break and the teams stayed within arm's reach of each other. The game was tied at 59-all with 13 minutes remaining when Wingate went on a 10-0 run over a 2:30 span. Newberry turned the ball over four times and missed two shots in the run.
Newberry cut the lead to as few as five points on an Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) triple with 8:52 left, but Wingate responded with three straight baskets and kept the lead at double digits for all but 53 seconds of the remainder of the game. Newberry made only 1-of-6 shots in the final five minutes of the game.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led newberry with 19 points, while Steinarsson scored 12 and Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) scored 10.
Newberry returns to action at Carson-Newman at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Wolves and Eagles are tied at 7-8 in league play, one game behind Lenoir-Rhyne for the final home game spot in the Food Lion SAC Tournament with three games remaining. Newberry's opponents in the final three games are tied for fifth, tied for ninth and eighth in the standings following Wednesday's games.