|February 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||L-R|
|FG Percentage||.481 (25-52)||.588 (30-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.407 (11-27)||.556 (10-18)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (18-22)||.619 (13-21)|
Vincent Hicklin - 5
Cole Birchfield - 1
Fowler - 3
James Ashby - 1
HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves conceded nine straight points sandwiched around the halftime break after trailing by only four points to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears with a minute left in the first half and could never fully recover in an 83-79 loss at the Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Monday night.
Newberry falls to 15-7 overall and 11-7 in the South Atlantic Conference after losing the game which was rescheduled from last Wednesday due to Winter Storm Pax. Lenoir-Rhyne is now 12-10 overall and tied with Newberry for fourth place in the SAC with an 11-7 mark and four games remaining on the schedule. Newberry quickly turns around to host Queens on Wednesday.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) led the Wolves with 19 points and five rebounds, including a 10-of-12 mark at the free throw line. Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 11 points while James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) and Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) netted 10 points apiece.
Newberry never led in the first half but was down only four points with a minute to play in the opening period before an L-R bucket followed by two steals resulting in points put the halftime margin at 44-34 in the Bears' favor. While that margin was more than hoped for after 19 minutes of play, it seemed remarkable for Newberry considering Lenoir-Rhyne's 66.7 percent (18-of-27) shooting in the first half.
The Wolves conceded an early three-pointer in the second half to see the Bears' lead balloon to its largest state at 13 points, but the scarlet and gray whittled away at the margin until it stood at only five points (49-44) with 15 minutes left in the second half.
Newberry managed to cut L-R's lead down to four points five times over the next 10 minutes, but couldn't get closer than that until a pair of Smith free throws with 2:54 to play finally made it a one-possession game at 73-70. The teams battled back and forth again and Walker hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to cut the lead to 80-79.
The Wolves were forced to foul quickly to get the ball back with the Bears up by three, but the potential game-tying three-pointer fell lacking and the Bears grabbed the rebound to seal the win.
Newberry shot a stunning 68.4 percent (13-of-19) in the second half and made 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) of their free throws in the period.
For the game, the Wolves were 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) from the free throw line, meaning they are 60-of-67 (89.6 percent) at the free throw line in their last three contests.