March 06, 20131st2ndFinal
Newberry413677
Wingate394483
Stats at a GlanceNEWMWU
FG Percentage.466 (27-58) .492 (30-61)
3P FG Percentage.536 (15-28) .280 (7-25)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .941 (16-17)
Offensive Rebounds1014
Defensive Rebounds1823
Total Rebounds2837
Turnovers1412
Steals87
Bench Points303
LeadersNEWMWU
PointsDondray Walker - 21
Paidrick Matilus - 30
ReboundsDondray Walker - 7
Odell Turner - 15
AssistsAegir Steinarsson - 6
Ethan Kincaid - 9
StealsMitch Riggs - 3
Paidrick Matilus - 2
BlocksBrunes Charles - 1
James Ashby - 1
Jeff Parker - 2
No. 6 Wolves fall to No. 3 Wingate 83-77 in Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals


No. 6 Wolves fall to No. 3 Wingate 83-77 in Food Lion SAC Tournament quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | by Wolves finish with back-to-back winning seasons for first time in 31 years

WINGATE, N.C - The sixth-seeded Newberry Wolves took a halftime lead over the third-seeded Wingate Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday, but a seven-point Bulldog run in the second half would give the hosts an 83-77 win.

Newberry finishes its season at 14-13 overall, earning a winning record the second consecutive season. It is the first back-to-back winning seasons since the then-Indians had 11 straight winning records from 1971-72 to 1981-82. Wingate advances to the semifinals with a 19-8 mark.

Second team all-SAC selection Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led the Wolves with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals without a turnover. SAC All-Freshman team member Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) had 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and a steal.

Newberry lit up the scoreboard from the outside in the first half, connecting on 10 three-pointers out of 13 attempts for a 76.9% shooting percentage. The Wolves added five two-point field goals for a 15-of-28 (53.6%) percentage.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, their two-point halftime lead was as large as their lead could get in the period, thanks to 19 points in the half from the Bulldogs' Paidrick Matilus, who finished the game with 30 points.

Newberry led 41-39 at the break and took a four-point lead on a layup by Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) early in the half. From there, Wingate went on a 12-3 run to get out to a 51-46 lead with just under 16 minutes to play.

A Walker triple and a free throw and basket from Byron Dickerson (Atlanta, Ga.) gave the Wolves a 52-51 lead with 12 and a half minutes left. Back-to-back treys from James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) and Steinarsson with just over 11 minutes to play gave the Wolves their largest lead of the game at 58-53.

Newberry held the lead until the 8:11 mark, when a Ryan Daye three-pointer tied the game at 65-all. The game was still tied at 69-all with just under six minutes left when Wingate went on a 7-1 surge to lead 76-70 with three minutes remaining.

Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) nailed a three-pointer inside the final minute to cut the deficit to three points, but Newberry was forced to foul in an attempt to regain possession and Wingate went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe in the final 20 seconds to seal the win, while Newberry missed two three-pointers.

Newberry shot 12-of-30 (40.0%) in the second half and 5-of-15 (33.3%) from three-point territory. Wingate connected on 53.6% of its second half shots and missed only one free throw in the entire game.