|November 09, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WWC||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.400 (22-55)||.500 (35-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.240 (6-25)||.500 (14-28)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (22-30)||.577 (15-26)|
Hawkins - 4
Smith - 4
Dan Jackson - 1
McGregor - 1
Ashby - 1
Taylor - 1
NEWBERRY - The Newberry College Wolves opened the 2012-13 men's basketball season with a runaway 99-72 victory over the visiting Warren Wilson College Owls in the first round of the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament in Eleazer Arena on Friday night.
Newberry moves to 1-0 on the year, while Warren Wilson is now 0-2. The Wolves will face off against North Georgia (1-0) in the Mom Reeves championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday, while Warren Wilson will play Salem International (0-1) at noon in the consolation game. North Georgia defeated Salem International 92-80 in the tournament's first game.
Five Wolves scored in double digits in the rout, led by a career-high 19 points from Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.), who was also one of three Wolves with four steals. Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) had 18 points and four assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) had 15 points in his collegiate debut, while Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) netted 13 points and Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) opened his collegiate career with 12 points on four three-pointers and eight rebounds. Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) filled up the box score with seven points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Despite the runaway scoreline and a 50 percent shooting night from the field and from behind the arc, the Wolves were challenged by the Owls for the first 20 minutes of the contest. It took nearly two minutes for the scoreboard to change from zeroes on a Charles three-point play. A Hawkins personal five-point run put Newberry up by seven at 12-5 with 14:27 to go in the half, but a bad foul situation kept sending the Owls to the charity stripe and would not allow the Wolves to pull away.
The Wolves led by nine at different points in the half on a three-pointer from James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) and a jumper in the paint from Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio), but Warren Wilson's Dan Jackson was hitting from the outside and knocking down free throws, with a pair at the 3:21 mark giving the Owls a 35-30 lead.
After battling back, Hawkins nailed a long distance three-pointer just before the buzzer to give Newberry a 44-40 halftime lead. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field in the half, with Newberry knocking down four triples in the period.
A Smith jumper and Riggs three-pointer right out of the gate pushed Newberry to a more comfortable lead, and Smith's breakaway layup after a Charles steal at the 15:40 mark put Newberry ahead by double digits for good. Walker was on fire from long distance, going 3-for-4, while Smith scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the half.
The Wolves were a spectacular 10-of-18 (55.6%) from the land of three with Walker hitting three and Hawkins, Riggs and Smith each hit a pair. Late in the game, Davon Hill (Duluth, Ga.) hit a corner three to round out the scoring.