|March 03, 2012||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||AUM|
|FG Percentage||.412 (35-85)||.465 (40-86)|
|3P FG Percentage||.442 (19-43)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.810 (17-21)||.774 (24-31)|
HICKORY, N.C. - Quayshun Hawkins' buzzer-beating three-pointer sent the game to overtime, but the fourth-seeded Newberry Wolves still found themselves on the wrong end of a thrilling 113-106 double overtime contest to the top-seeded and No. 16 Anderson Trojans in the semifinals of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at the Tarlton Center on Saturday.
Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) scored 30 points including the buzzer beater, but Anderson's SAC Player of the Year Denzail Jones set a tournament record with 50 points to send the regular season champs to the finals.
Newberry ends its season at 16-12, while Anderson moves to 24-4. With the final scoreline for the season, Newberry has established a new South Atlantic Conference record for season scoring average at 89.7 points per game. Newberry also set the SAC record for three-pointers made in a season with 280, averaging exactly 10 per game for the year.
The Wolves made a season-high 19 three-pointers in the game, with Hawkins nailing seven and senior Matt Dixon (Elizabeth City, N.C.) hitting 5-of-6 long distance attempts. Newberry's 43 overall threes attempted and Hawkins' 18 individual attempts were both tournament records.
Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) had a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, SAC Freshman of the Year Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) had 18 points and Dixon had 15.
For Anderson, other than Jones' record-breaking day, three Trojans had double-doubles led by Taylor Shugart's 27 points and 19 rebounds. Nick Trull had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jo'el Lamb had 10 points and 10 boards.
Both teams started out rather cold, with Newberry shooting 33.3% (12-of-36) in the first half and Anderson shooting only 10-of-34 (29.4%) in the opening period. Newberry took a 33-29 lead into the locker room, with no indication of the wild game that would unfold in the second half.
Early in the second half, the Wolves went on a 5-0 run that would see them take the game's largest lead at 10 points when a pair of Garner free throws with 13:52 remaining in regulation putting the scarlet and gray ahead 44-34. But just five minued later, the Trojans would tie the game and take the lead on a Jones three-point play.
Anderson extended its lead to seven points with 6:39 to go before Newberry charged back. AU led by five with just under three minutes left in regulation, but back-to-back threes from the Icelandic duo of Aegir Steinarsson and Tomas Tomasson regained the Wolves' advantage. Anderson led by four with 22 seconds remaining after Jones made 1-of-2 free throws. Dixon nailed a triple to cut it to one, but a long inbounds pass out of a timeout set up Jones perfectly for a layup and a three-point lead.
Hawkins brought the ball down the floor without calling a timeout, and with three Trojans surrounding drained a long three-pointer to send the game into the extra frame.
The Wolves raced ahead early in the first overtime with another Hawkins three-pointer and four Garner free throws putting the advantage at 81-74 just over a minute into the first OT. Newberry played extremely well, missing only one shot in the first extra frame, and held a five point lead with less than a minute to go, but full speed circus shots from Jones put AU's first 16 points of the OT on the board and a Tyrell McDowell three-pointer tied the game. A charging call against Newberry in the fading seconds gave AU a shot, but a steal by Steinarsson set Newberry up for a final shot. Hawkins' last ditch attempt was blocked this time, sending the game to the second OT period.
Trull gave the Trojans a quick lead, but another Hawkins three-ball gave Newberry a lead. After trading baskets, another Trull three-pointer instigated a 9-0 Anderson run Newberry couldn't recover from, as the Wolves could only get as close as five points before the Trojans escaped with the win.
AU's Jones had 18 points in the two OTs, while Newberry shot 52.4% (11-of-21) in that span but had four turnovers including the late charging call.