|November 26, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CATM||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.564 (31-55)||.431 (31-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (6-13)||.423 (11-26)|
|FT Percentage||.545 (18-33)||.788 (26-33)|
- 24||Dondray Walker
- 9||Demarkus Smith
- 5||Gerald Evans
Mitch Riggs - 4
- 3||James Ashby
Little - 3
NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves had five players score in double figures on the way to a 99-86 South Atlantic Conference win over Catawba in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.
Newberry mves to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in SAC play, starting conference action with three straight wins for the first time since joining the SAC in 1996-97. Catawba falls to 1-5 and 1-2 in the league. Newberry travels to Tusculum for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 27 points with three assists and two steals to lead all scorers. Freshman Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) was on fire from outside, hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers on the way to 18 points.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) scored 14 points with six rebounds and three steals. James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) had 13 points, six steals and five rebounds. Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) scored 10 points and dished out four assists.
For Catawba, Kijuan Arrington scored 24 points with eight rebounds, Reggie Perkins scored 23 points and Jalen Byrd scored 10 points.
Newberry jumped out to an early 7-2 lead on a pair of Walker dunks and a Birchfield triple in the first minute of the game. The Indians battled back into the game and took the lead for the first time in the game at the 11:13 mark of the half with a Chance Rucker layup making it 24-22 in Catawba's favor.
Catawba led 44-37 inside four minutes to play, but Newberry scored the final seven points of the half to take a 50-47 lead into the break thanks to a three-point play from Riggs, a Smith three-pointer and a free throw.
Newberry had 10 assists on 17 made baskets in the first half, shooting 17-of-40 (42.5%) from the field with no player in double figures. The Wolves forced Catawba to commit 13 turnovers with seven steals, while turning it over only five times themselves. Catawba made 57.6 percent (19-of-33) of its first half shots. The three-point difference came in Newberry's six made triples and 10-of-13 (76.9%) rate at the charity stripe.
The second half was a see-saw battle early. Newberry's lead was only at 68-66 with just under nine minutes to go and less than three minutes later, the lead hit double figures for the first time at 80-70 on a three-point play from Birchfield. Newberry then went on a 12-3 run to take a 92-73 lead with 3:38 to play and put the result out of reach.
Catawba connected on 12-of-22 shots (54.5%) in the second half, but turned the ball over 13 times, which Newberry converted into 21 points. Newberry had a 19-17 rebounding advantage in the second half and Walker scored 19 points in the period.
All told, Newberry scored 38 points off of 26 Catawba 26 turnovers and converted 20 offensive rebounds into 20 second chance points.
The free throw shooting was also a contributing factor as both teams took 33 free throws, with Newberry making 26 (78.8%) and Catawba making only 18 (54.5%).