|November 11, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||CHA|
|FG Percentage||.429 (30-70)||.643 (45-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.345 (10-29)||.615 (16-26)|
|FT Percentage||.593 (16-27)||.545 (6-11)|
Dondray Walker - 11
HENRY - 3
BLAKLEY - 1
NEWBERRY – With the regular season beginning this weekend, the Newberry College men’s basketball team concludes the preseason with its exhibition game at Charlotte on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Halton Arena.
This will be the second meeting between the 49ers and Wolves who last met in 1975, their only regular season matchup with Charlotte earning the 75-61 win.
Both teams finished last season with losses in their respective conference tournaments. Newberry dropped its semifinal match to the regular season and eventual conference champion, Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters, 97-76. The 49ers entered the Conference-USA tournament as the No. 9 but dropped their quarterfinal matchup to Louisiana Tech 86-65.
Offensively, Newberry finished last season second in the nation for Division II programs as they averaged 92.3 points per game. A slew of scorers return for the Wolves including senior forward Dondray Walker who headlines the 2014 preseason All-SAC first-team along with senior guard Demarkus Smith. The Wolves also finished top-5 nationally in 3-point field goals last season averaging 11.4 per game.
On the defensive side of the ball Newberry averaged the fourth most steals per game in the nation at 10.6 and totaling 296 which placed them first in the conference and sixth in the nation for total steals. Alongside their large amount of steals per game, Newberry forced 15.4 opponents to turn the ball over 15.4 times per game last season.
For the 49ers, they are led by returners Pierria Henry who was named to the C-USA All-Conference team and Willie Clayton who averaged 12.3 and 10.8 points per game respectively. Charlotte averaged 71.5 points per game while yielding 71.6 points per game to its opponents.
Defensively, Charlotte averaged 26.03 defensive rebounds per game which placed them 30th in the Division I of 345 teams ranked while posting the 68th best rebound margin at a +3.3 per game.
Prior to the game, the Newberry College Office of Alumni Relations and the Newberry College Athletic Club will be hosting an alumni and friends social at 5:30 p.m. inside the Salons in the Student Activity Center.