|February 26, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||WU|
|FG Percentage||.457 (32-70)||.525 (32-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.426 (20-47)||.400 (6-15)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (15-25)||.682 (15-22)|
Demarkus Smith - 4
WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves drained a program-record 20 three-pointers Wednesday night on the way to a 99-85 win over the Wingate Bulldogs in Cuddy Arena.
With the win, Newberry is now 18-7 overall and 14-7 in South Atlantic Conference play entering Saturday's crucial season finale at home against Carson-Newman. Wingate is now 13-12 overall and 10-11 in league play.
Newberry fell just one made three-pointer short of tying the conference record and was led by Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) with 26 points, including 6-of-12 three-pointers.
Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) and Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) each scored 12 points while Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) netted 10. Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) had a strong all-around game with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair in the early stages with neither team taking a lead of more than two possessions until a 7-0 personal run from Walker put the Wolves up 37-28 with three minutes left in the half. A Smith trey with just over two minutes left gave the Wolves their first double digit lead and Newberry was able to take a 43-33 lead into the halftime break.
Newberry made 15 field goals in the opening half, with 11 of those coming from beyond the three-point arc. The Wolves attempted 28 three-pointers in the period, while Wingate only put up 27 shots total.
The Wolves asserted themselves from the opening possession of the second half, scoring 11 points in the first two minutes, taking their largest lead of the game at the 18:10 mark when Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) drained a three-pointer to put the scarlet and gray up 54-33.
Wingate would not let the Wolves run away with the win easily though, and cut the Newberry advantage down to four points at 73-69 with just over six minutes left. A 5-1 Newberry run put the lead back at double digits and it barely dropped below that mark as the Wolves sealed up the clutch road victory.
Both teams shot the ball well in the second half, with Newberry making 54.8 percent (17-of-31) of its shots and Wingate making 58.8 percent (20-of-34) of its shots. Newberry outscored the hosts 56-52 in the half thanks to nine three-pointers and 13 free throws.
Newberry shot 45.7 percent (32-of-70) from the floor, 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the land of three and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe (15-of-25) in the game. The Wolves corralled 11 steals and passed out 21 assists on the way to putting up the most points scored on Wingate this season.