|January 25, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||C-N|
|FG Percentage||.405 (30-74)||.563 (36-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (11-33)||.458 (11-24)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (18-27)||.789 (15-19)|
Demarkus Smith - 2
Vincent Hicklin - 1
Xavier Holmes - 1
LIKELY - 1
DAVIS - 1
ROGERS - 1
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The host Carson-Newman Eagles shot the lights out early and held off a furious Newberry Wolves charge late, handing the scarlet and gray just their fourth loss of the season, 98-89, in Holt Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry falls to 12-4 overall and 8-4 in South Atlantic Conference play with the loss and will wrap up a three-game road trip at Queens on Wednesday. Carson-Newman is now 11-5 overall with an 8-4 conference mark, creating a four-way tie for second place in the league with 10 games remaining. Anderson and Wingate are also 8-4 in SAC action.
The Wolves' scoring efforts were led by Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.), who netted 18 points. A trio of players scored 16 points, with Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) earning a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) scored 16 and Vincent Hicklin (Columbia, S.C.) earned a new career-high by far with 16 points while grabbing six boards.
For the Eagles, Jared Johnson scored 27 points with Ish Sanders netting 25. Antoine Davis had 16 points and 9 rebounds and Sawyer Williams scored 10 points.
The Eagles started the game on a hot streak and led by double digits fairly quickly before the Wolves cut the lead back down to four points on a Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) triple with 6:04 left in the first half. A Hicklin basket just before the media timeout brought the advantage down to one point, but the Wolves could get no closer. C-N used a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to 11 points at 53-42 at halftime.
Newberry shot 38.2 percent (13-of-34) in the stanza while Carson-Newman drained 64.5 percent (20-of-31) of its first half attempts with six three-pointers.
In the second half, the Eagles would stretch the lead to as many as 18 points when Josh Rogers hit a jumper to make it 72-54 with 13:31 to play. The lead stayed in double figures for most of the half, but Newberry cut it down to four points at 91-87 with 1:47 left.
After a couple of missed shot, the Wolves were forced to foul and the Eagles went 7-of-8 from the stripe to hold on and win.
Newberry improved its shooting to 42.5 percent (17-of-40) in the half but was still below average at 40.5 percent (30-of-74).