|January 22, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||COKER|
|FG Percentage||.370 (27-73)||.453 (34-75)|
|3P FG Percentage||.259 (7-27)||.323 (10-31)|
|FT Percentage||.872 (34-39)||.483 (14-29)|
- 19||Julian Nelson
Larry Felder - 22
- 9||Eren Moses
- 3||Julian Nelson
- 3||Larry Felder
Xavier Holmes - 1
Donte Samuels - 1
HARTSVILLE - Despite a below average shooting performance from the field, the Newberry Wolves were fantastic at the free throw line Wednesday night, swinging a 13-point second half deficit into a 95-92 win over the Coker Cobras in Timberlake-Lawton Gym.
With the win, the Wolves move into sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 12-3 overall record and 8-3 record in the league. Coker is now 8-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play after losing both matchups with Newberry.
The Wolves travel to Jefferson City, Tenn., for a 4 p.m. Saturday game. That matchup will be the first with the Eagles this season and is the second of three consecutive road games for Newberry.
Newberry shot only 37.0 percent (27-of-73) from the field in the game, but Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) was extremely efficient. The sophomore connected on 8-of-11 shots from the floor to score a season-high 19 points in only 16 minutes.
Even with the rough night from the field, four other Wolves scored in double figures. Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 16 points and made 6-of-6 free throws.
Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) and Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) each turned in strong overall lines with Smith netting 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while Charles scored 14 points and had eight boards. Smith was 10-of-11 at the charity stripe and Charles made six of his eight free throws. Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) also scored 10 points for Newberry.
The Wolves' first half shooting performance made it look as if a lid was on the rim, with the regularly proficient offense limited to 37 points on 10-of-35 (28.6 percent) shooting. Newberry still managed to lead for large portions of the half thanks to a 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) showing at the free throw line. The game was tied at 29-29 with just over three minutes left in the half before the Cobras closed out the period on a 14-8 surge to take a 43-37 lead into the halftime break.
Coker scored the first three baskets of the second half and quickly took the game's largest lead at 13 points when Errick Bethel nailed a three-pointer to give the hosts a 52-39 lead with 17:04 to play.
Newberry roared back to cut the lead to three points thanks to a triple and layup from Jamie Harper (Inglewood, Calif.), a Holmes dunk and a Walker trey. That combination brought Newberry back within arm's reach at 52-49 with 14:20 to go.
The Cobras staved off the Wolves' attack for a few minutes, but Newberry finally got back to the positive side of the scoreboard when Walker hit a pair of free throws at the 10-minute mark to give the scarlet and gray a 61-60 edge.
The Wolves would not trail again, as a fantastic combination of free throws, second chance points and turnovers kept the scarlet and gray ahead. Newberry scored 17 second chance points on 11 offensive rebounds in the half, while going 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) from the free throw line. The Wolves also converted seven Coker turnovers into 10 points in the half, pulling away late in the game.