|February 15, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TCM||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.464 (26-56)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (6-15)||.485 (16-33)|
|FT Percentage||.708 (17-24)||.917 (22-24)|
Mounce - 16
- 6||Vincent Hicklin
Flynn - 4
- 2||Gerald Evans
James Ashby - 3
Spinks - 1
NEWBERRY - After a week off from games thanks to Winter Storm Pax, the Newberry Wolves kicked off a stretch of four games in seven days with a 96-75 pounding of the Tusculum Pioneers in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
With the win, Newberry now stands at 15-6 overall and 11-6 in South Atlantic Conference play entering Monday's rescheduled game at Lenoir-Rhyne. Tusculum is now 3-20 overall and 2-15 in league play.
Prior to the game, the Wolves honored the first four-year senior at Newberry under head coach Dave Davis - the outstanding student-athlete Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.). With his family and friends in the audience, Charles put up 15 points on a perfect shooting day with six assists as well.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) led all scorers with 20 points and Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 18 points. Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) scored 14 points and Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) led the team with seven assists as the Wolves dished out 23 assists on 29 made baskets.
After the Pioneers made a pair of free throws on their opening possession, the Wolves cruised out to a lead and held Tusculum in single digits until the 9:37 mark of the half. By then Newberry had already hit an 18-point lead once. The first 20-point lead of the game came on a Birchfield three-pointer at the 5:44 mark to put Newberry up 35-14.
At halftime, most of the drama was already gone from the game as Newberry held a 46-24 lead thanks to a 54.8 percent (17-of-31) shooting percentage in the half and holding TC to only 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from the field.
The Wolves relaxed more than coach Davis' liking in the second half, as the Pioneers actually outscored the hosts, but the lead was never smaller than 14 points and the Wolves led by as many as 24 points in the latter stages of the contest.
Newberry very nearly established a conference record for the most free throws made in a game without a miss, making their first 22 attempts consecutively before missing a pair late in the game. Newberry still shot 91.3 percent (22-of-24) from the charity stripe. Since making only 54.5 percent of their free throws in the win over Wingate, Newberry has gone 42-of-45 at the line in the two games since.