|February 01, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUMBB||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.458 (27-59)||.380 (27-71)|
|3P FG Percentage||.379 (11-29)||.375 (18-48)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.471 (8-17)|
- 33||Dondray Walker
- 14||Brunes Charles
Dondray Walker - 8
- 5||Demarkus Smith
- 2||Cole Birchfield
Brunes Charles - 2
- 2||Dondray Walker
NEWBERRY - A rare dry spell for the Newberry Wolves in the second half of Saturday's men's basketball game against the Anderson Trojans swung the momentum in a crucial South Atlantic Conference game and Anderson used their advantage to defeat Newberry by an 89-80 score in Eleazer Arena.
Newberry falls to 13-5 overall and 9-5 in SAC play with the loss and entertains Wingate on Wednesday night. Anderson is now 15-5 overall and 10-4 in league action with the season sweep of the Wolves.
Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led Newberry with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) scored 19 points and dished out seven assists with five rebounds. Cole Birchfield (Trenton, S.C.) was the only other Newberry player in double figures with 13 points.
Newberry drained a season-high 18 three-pointers in the game, just three shy of the conference record. 11 of those came in the first half, though the Wolves made only a pair of two-point field goals in the half and went into the half tied at 41-all. That wild first half saw five ties and 10 lead changes, as neither team led by more than six at any point in the opening 20 minutes.
The Wolves roared out of the locker room in the opening five minutes of the second half with a 13-5 run to take a 54-46 lead on a jumper in the land from Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) with 14:53 to go.
Unfortunately for the scarlet and gray, that's where the offensive surge ended. Anderson went on a 23-5 run and took the game's first double-digit lead on a three-pointer from Chandler Hash at the 6:09 mark, putting the guests up 69-59.
From there, the Wolves could not get back within eight points, as the Trojans continued to hit shots down the stretch and avoided putting the Wolves on the free throw line. Newberry shot an uncharacteristically poor 47.1 percent (8-of-17) at the charity stripe, with the 17 attempts setting a season low.
Anderson held a 50-33 edge on the boards, converting their 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second chance points.