|January 11, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MHUM||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.421 (32-76)||.492 (32-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.174 (4-23)||.400 (10-25)|
|FT Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.806 (29-36)|
- 19||Brunes Charles
Demarkus Smith - 16
Cuthbertson - 6
Xavier Holmes - 7
- 8||Mitch Riggs
Williams - 2
Cole Birchfield - 1
Dondray Walker - 1
Xavier Holmes - 1
- 1||Xavier Holmes
NEWBERRY - The Newberry men's basketball team shot over 80-percent from the free throw line, including a perfect 12-12 showing by senior Brunes Charles, in a 103-77 victory over the visiting Mars Hill Lions inside of Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
The Lions (2-11, 0-8 SAC) led the Wolves (9-3, 5-3) for the opening two minutes, before Newberry took its first lead of the day on a 3-pointer from junior Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.). Smith's triple, to give Newberry a 5-4 lead, saw the Wolves take a lead that was never relinquished.
Junior Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) followed Smith's 3-pointer with one of his own to continue the Newberry run, which saw the Wolves lead reach six points. Mars Hill lingered throughout the first ten minutes of the game, before with 8:01 left in the first period Charles (Naples, Fla.) hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to eight.
Newberry slowly saw its lead reach double digits as Walker's jumper with 4:02 remaining in the half gave Newberry a 10-point advantage. The first half lead reached as many as 13 points when Charles hit another pair of free throws.
The Wolves saw Mars Hill score five points in the final minute of the first half, which gave Newberry a six-point halftime lead.
Newberry opened the second half with a run which began with a jumper by sophomore Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) and ended with a 13-point lead after a layup by sophomore Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio).
The Lions continued to battle the Wolves despite the double-digit deficit and eventually cut the Newberry lead to one with 10:23 left in the game. After the two sides traded baskets, the Wolves added to a two point lead when Walker converted a 3-point play at 9:18 to pull ahead by five.
Freshman Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) hit a 3-pointer, which was followed up by a layup from Holmes to see the Newberry lead again reach double digits. Newberry continued to push the lead as a pair of free throws by Charles gave Newberry a 22-point lead with 5:01 remaining.
The Newberry lead grew as Smith, scored five points over a one minute span to give Newberry a 23-point advantage. Redshirt freshman Jamie Harper (Inglewood, Calif.) joined in on the scoring before a free throw by freshman Vincent Hicklin (Columbia, S.C.) and a layup from Birchfield secured Newberry a 26-point home victory over the Lions.
Six Newberry players reached double digits, led by Charles and Smith's 16 points. Freshman Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) notched 14 points, while Walker tallied 12. Holmes and Birchfield both finished the day with 11 points.
Charles and Holmes led the Wolves with seven rebounds, while Holmes also added a pair of blocks to his stat line. Charles' 12-12 showing from the free throw line, was part of Newberry's 29-36 outing as a team.
The Wolves remain at home on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tipoff against the visiting Lenior-Rhyne Bears.