|January 15, 2014||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||L-R||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.488 (40-82)||.500 (39-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (19-38)||.433 (13-30)|
|FT Percentage||.683 (28-41)||.717 (43-60)|
- 52||Dondray Walker
TEAM - 6
Perry - 4
Noyes - 4
- 2||Dondray Walker
- 3||Demarkus Smith
NEWBERRY - Led by career scoring highs from a trio of team leaders, the Newberry Wolves used an offensive showcase to earn a hard-fought 134-127 double overtime win over the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry moves to 10-3 overall and 6-3 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Lenoir-Rhyne is now 7-6 overall and 6-3 in league play. Newberry hosts Brevard at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Wolves came two points shy of establishing a new school scoring record as the 1981-82 Indians put up 136 on Coker. This is the most points Newberry has scored as a Division II team, the most points a Division II team has scored against an NCAA team this season, the most combined points (261) in a Newberry game - setting that record by 12 points - and gives L-R the conference record for most points allowed in a game.
The Wolves also snap a streak of eight consecutive overtime defeats, which goes back to the epic double overtime loss to Anderson in the 2012 Food Lion SAC Tournament Semifinals. Newberry was 0-5 in overtime games last season and had lost its first two overtime games this season.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) set a new career best with 35 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field with three three-pointer and a 12-of-14 mark at the free throw line.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) set his new career high with 24 points, adding eight rebounds and going 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) hit his career mark with 20 points. Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) also hit for double figures with 14 points.
The Wolves were not the only ones lighting up the Eleazer scoreboard, as Lenoir-Rhyne's R.J. McClure set the South Atlantic Conference single game scoring record with 52 points on 17-of-27 shooting from the field, connecting on 12-of-19 three-pointers and 6-of-7 of his free throws. His 12 treys is one short of the SAC record and is a school record. Will Perry also added 31 points, which included eight points in the final 30 seconds of regulation including a well-contested fall-away three-pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Both teams came away from Eleazer feeling they should have had the game won well before the final buzzer. Newberry went on a 12-0 run in the opening minutes and had a double-digit lead with 16 minutes left in the first half and the Bears seemingly unable to connect on anything. With just under 14 minutes left in the first half, the Wolves lead 18-4 and were sprinting away.
The Bears pawed their way back quickly, cutting the lead to a single point at 22-21 on one of McClure's seven first half treys at the 11:08 mark. Yet another McClure triple at the 5:11 mark gave LR a 40-39 lead and the guests would push their advantage to as many as five at 48-43 with 3:50 left in the half.
Newberry held the Bears scoreless for the final 2:21 of the half to take a 55-50 halftime lead.
Newberry once again pounced out of the gate in the second half, getting out to a 14-point lead on a corner three from Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) to make it 66-52 with 16:31 left in regulation.
The double-digit lead lasted as late as the six-minute mark, when McClure canned a fastbreak trey to cut the lead to seven at 86-79. Newberry made only two more field goals in regulation while piling up free throw points, with the Bears' Perry making two late threes to tie the game at 101-all after 40 minutes of play.
The shooting suddenly went cold in both directions in the first overtime, needing nearly a minute and a half to change the lights. L-R led by three inside the final 20 seconds, but a Walker free throw and late driving layup from Smith pushed the game to a second extra frame.
Newberry opened the second OT on an 8-1 run, leading 121-114 on a Charles layup with 2:51 on the clock. L-R managed to get back to within one point at 122-121 with 1:44 to go before Walker nailed a three and the Wolves went 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the final minute.
Outside of the sparkling scoring nights were other fine performances from the Wolves. Xavier Holmes (Great Falls S.C.) had six points with a game-high 11 rebounds. Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) had eight points with a career-high seven assists and Taylor netted nine points with six boards.
BY THE NUMBERS
134 - Most points scored by Newberry since Dec. 7, 1981 (136-131 win over Coker) / Most points allowed by a SAC team
52 - R.J. McClure's new SAC scoring record
261 - Newberry combined points in a game record
68 - Total three-pointers attempted
8 - Consecutive Newberry losses in overtime prior to tonight's win