|February 22, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||BCM|
|FG Percentage||.459 (34-74)||.517 (30-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.361 (13-36)||.350 (7-20)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.885 (23-26)|
BREVARD, N.C. - Newberry College freshman Quayshun Hawkins banked in a buzzer beating three-pointer from just inside half-court to give the Wolves a thrilling 93-90 victory over the Brevard Tornados at Boshamer Gym on Wednesday night.
The Wolves move to 15-10 overall and 9-8 in South Atlantic Conference play and now are in sole possession of fourth place in the league entering the final regular season game on Saturday. Newberry hosts Catawba at 4 p.m.
Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) was the Wolves' catalyst all night, posting team highs with 19 points and seven rebounds as well as dishing out four assists and grabbing three steals. The freshman led five Wolves in doube figures.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 15 points, Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland) netted 13 points and Shamel Akins (Charlotte, N.C.) and Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 10 apiece.
The Wolves had to fight off a resurgent Brevard (5-22, 4-13 SAC) which was on fire on Senior Night. Gaither Hendrix scored 28 points and Darius Moose scored 22, but Newberry still found a way to seal the victory.
The winning shot by Hawkins was not your standard three-pointer, as Hawkins had to call the Wolves' final timeout with 2.2 seconds remaining after losing control of the ball. The Tornados defended the inbounds play well, with Hawkins as the option furthest from the basket, but his long distance heave found glass and then net to give Newberry the win.
In the beginning of the game, Newberry's high powered offense looked to run away with the game by jumping out to a 16-4 lead in the first six minutes of the game. With just over seven minutes remaining in the first half, Newberry had its biggest lead of the game at 13 points before the Tornados surged back with a 13-3 run over just two and a half minutes to cut the lead to three points.
By the two minute mark of the first half, the hosts had tied up the game and a Jermichael Tanner jumper in the paint put Brevard ahead at halftime 36-35. The Wolves did not score a field goal in the final four minutes of the half.
After the hot start from the field, Newberry cooled down to a 39.4% rate (13-of-33) at the break, while Brevard was shooting 41.4% (12-of-29) from the floor and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Coming out of the break, Walker immediately gave Newberry its lead by converting a three-point play, but the back-and-forth battle had just begun.
There were eight ties and 11 lead changes in the second half alone, with neither team able to extend its lead to more than six points. The biggest stretch for the Wolves came in the final five minutes. After trailing by five at 81-76, layups by Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.), Hawkins and Garner and a three-pointer by Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) gave the Wolves a two-point lead which lasted less than 20 seconds before Brevard tied the game back up.
A Garner three-point play seemed to give Newberry the edge heading into the final two minutes, but a pair of Michael Gist free throws and a Moose triple sandwiched a Hawkins layup to tie the game and set up Hawkins' dramatic finale.
The Wolves won the game on the glass, where they grabbed 18 offensive rebounds which were converted into 16 second chance points. Those second chance points were key, as Brevard shot 51.7% (30-of-58) from the floor in the game, compared to a 45.9% (34-of-74) clip for the scarlet and gray. Newberry connected on 13 three-pointers in the game
SAC Tiebreaker Scenarios
Newberry is 9-8 entering the final game, Carson-Newman and Lenoir-Rhyne are 8-9. Newberry hosts Catawba, Carson-Newman plays at league champion No. 21 Anderson and Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 12 Lincoln Memorial. One of those three teams will clinch the fourth seed and host a Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinal. Tusculum is 7-10 and could factor into a potential opponents' tiebreaker.
- If Newberry finishes alone at 10-8 and C-N and L-R are tied (regardless of record), Newberry will host L-R.
- If Newberry finishes tied with C-N only, Newberry will host C-N due to its 2-0 record.
- If Newberry finishes tied with L-R only, L-R will host Newberry due to its win over Wingate.
- If there is a three-way tie with those three teams, L-R will host Newberry.
- If C-N, L-R and Tusculum are in a three-way tie, Newberry will host L-R.