|January 30, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||QUMBB13|
|FG Percentage||.514 (37-72)||.533 (32-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.481 (13-27)||.438 (7-16)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (15-20)||.700 (14-20)|
Vincent Hicklin - 1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves unleashed a barrage of first half three-pointers to take a lead and pull away for a 102-85 win over the Queens University Royals in the Levine Center on Thursday night.
Newberry is now 13-4 overall and 9-4 in South Atlantic Conference play, defeating Queens (8-9, 6-7 SAC) in the first meeting between the schools as conference foes.
Newberry returns home to Eleazer Arena to take on rival Anderson in what is sure to be an exciting game. Each of the last five meetings between the Wolves and Trojans have gone into overtime. The winner of that game will have sole possession of second place in SAC play with eight games remaining in the regular season.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) led the Wolves with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) had 19 points and four boards with each player dishing out three assists.
Vincent Hicklin (Columbia, S.C.) netted a career-high 17 points with five rebounds. Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) scored 12 points with six rebounds and Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) rounded out double figure scorers with 11 points.
Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) had a good all-around game with eight points and six assists with only two turnovers.
The Wolves were magnificent shooting the ball in the first half, connecting on 20-of-33 (60.6 percent) of their field goals in the first 20 minutes. Newberry made 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) of its three-pointers and 8-of-10 (80 percent) of its free throws on the way to a 56-43 halftime lead. No player hit double digits in the half, though five players had eight points or more.
There were four lead changes in the early stages of the game, but Queens never led by more than one point. The Royals shot the ball well throughout the game, canning over half of their shots in both halves, but Newberry's offense and pressure defense was just too strong throughout the night.
The Wolves held a 24-18 rebounding advantage in the second half and didn't let the Royals momentum swings get them off of their game.
Newberry led by 20 points early in the second half but saw Queens bring its deficit down to five points with just over 12 minutes remaining. A timeout and 14-1 surge by the Wolves pushed the lead back into more comfortable territory at 85-67 with just over eight minutes left.
NOTE: The win gave head coach Dave Davis his 399th career college coaching win. He will have his first shot at No. 400 against Anderson on Saturday.