|February 02, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||L-R|
|FG Percentage||.491 (27-55)||.542 (32-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.261 (6-23)||.263 (5-19)|
|FT Percentage||.826 (19-23)||.786 (22-28)|
Dillingham - 6
TEAM - 6
Aegir Steinarsson - 2
Xavier Holmes - 1
Jones - 1
HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves saw a four-game winning streak come to an end with a 91-79 loss to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday night.
Newberry falls to 9-9 overall and 5-5 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Lenoir-Rhyne is now 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the league. The Wolves return home on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. matchup with the Anderson Trojans (12-6, 8-2 SAC).
Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) led all scorers in the game with 25 points, including a 13-for-13 night from the free throw line. Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) scored 12 points and Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) netted 10 points.
Five Bears scored in double digits led by 19 points from Denzel Dillingham. Jarvis Perry and Allan Jones each scored 13 points and R.J. McClure and B.J. Beasley scored 12 apiece.
The two sides were neck-and-neck throughout most of the first half, with neither side leading by more than one possession until Hawkins hit back-to-back three-pointers just over halfway through the period to give the Wolves a 19-13 lead with 9:12 to go in the half. L-R came back to tie the game at 25-all with 4:06 left in the half, but a three-point play by Charles just before the halftime buzzer sounded allowed the Wolves to take a 34-31 lead into the halftime break.
Hawkins' eight points in the first half led all scorers, as the Wolves shot 46.4% (13-of-28) in the half. Newberry made 3-of-11 (27.3%) of its three-pointers and 5-of-7 (71.4%) of its free throws. The Bears shot 12-of-28 (42.9%) from the field, 2-of-11 (18.2%) from long distance and 5-of-6 (83.3%) free throws. There were eight ties and five lead changes in the first half.
The Wolves pushed their lead to five points on a Riley layup on the second half's first possession and held that lead for around five minutes until L-R tied it up at 41-all with 14:56 to go. The game was still tied at 44-all before a pair of Newberry technical fouls gave Lenoir-Rhyne four free throws to take a lead it would not relinquish.
The L-R lead was down to three points on a Charles jumper with 10:15 to go to cut it to 60-57. The Bears took true control of the game over the next two minutes, scoring seven straight points to push the lead to 67-57 with 8:30 to play. Both teams shot well in the half, meaning Newberry could get no closer than seven points for the rest of the night.
Hawkins scored 17 points in the half, including 11 free throws. Newberry shot 14-of-27 (51.9%) from the floor in the half, but a below average 25.0% (3-of-12) from long distance. Newberry made 14-of-16 (87.5%) of its free throws in the half. Unfortunately, the Bears shot a sterling 64.5% (20-of-31) in the half, with 37.5% (3-of-8) three-point shooting and 17-of-22 (77.3%) free throw connection rate.
For the game, Newberry shot 49.1% (27-of-55) from the field, 26.1% (6-of-23) from three-point range and 82.6% (19-of-23) from the charity stripe. Lenoir-Rhyne shot 54.2% (32-of-59) from the floor, 5-of-19 (26.3%) from long distance and 78.6% (22-of-28) from the free throw line. Newberry was outrebounded 34-28.