|March 08, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||LMU|
|FG Percentage||.312 (24-77)||.537 (36-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (9-36)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.679 (19-28)||.679 (19-28)|
- 19||Vincent Bailey
- 8||Vincent Bailey
Demarkus Smith - 3
Demarkus Smith - 3
Curtis Webb - 2
Curtis McMillion - 2
- 2||Curtis McMillion
GREENVILLE - An uncharacteristic day of cold shooting coupled with efficient offense from the opponent proved to be the downfall for the fifth-seeded Newberry Wolves, as the scarlet and gray were knocked out of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament in a 97-76 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in Timmons Arena on Saturday.
LMU advances to the finals with a 26-2 overall record while the Wolves await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field, still holding an outside shot at the field of 64 with a 19-9 overall mark.
For the Wolves, Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) scored 19 points to lead four double-digit scorers. Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.), Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) and Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) each scored 10 points apiece.
LMU had SAC Player of the Year Vincent Bailey score 23 points with 15 rebounds, while Tim Pierce netted 21 points. Chance Jones and Curtis McMillion each scored 15 points and Lorenza Ross netted 12.
The Wolves jumped out of the gate as Smith canned a three-pointer on the game's first possession and Newberry led 6-2 early. LMU went on an 8-0 run and by the halfway mark of the first period, the 'Splitters had taken their first double-digit lead at 20-10. The top seed would go on to lead by as many as 19 points in the half before Smith scored four points in the final seconds of the half to cut the deficit to 43-29 at the break.
Newberry shot only 31.3 percent in the first half on 10-of-32 shooting, with a 3-of-13 rate from three-point range (23.1 percent). In contrast, the Railsplitters made 58.1 percent (18-of-31) of their first half shots.
LMU took their momentum into the second half and took a 23-point lead at 61-38 with 15:36 to go. Newberry showed their never-say-die mentality and surged to cut the lead to 11 points on a Cole Birchfield (Trenton, Ga.) three-pointer to make it 67-56 at the 11:57 mark.
Unfortunately for the Wolves, that momentum was shut down quickly, as LMU went on a 10-point run to get ahead by 21 points and effectively stop Newberry's comeback hopes. The scarlet and gray could not get back to within fewer than 17 points, as the conference's regular season champions advanced to Sunday's title game.
Newberry's shooting percentage drooped slightly in the second half at 31.1 percent (14-of-45), making the game percentage 31.2 percent (24-of-77). LMU continued to shoot well and finished the game at 53.7 percent (36-of-67).
The Wolves only made 25.0 percent of their three-pointers (9-of-36) and were outrebounded 52-41.