|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
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves men’s basketball team concluded its preseason with a 112-86 loss to the Charlotte 49ers on Tuesday evening inside of Halton Arena.
Dondray Walker and Brandon Taylor each score 11 points, Gerald Evans adds 10 points for the Wolves in the loss.
In the first half, Newberry started out strong in the first four and a half minutes against the 49ers using a 10-2 run spanning two minutes to gain a 15-13 advantage following a Mitch Riggs jumper. The Wolves were halted for the next three minutes as Charlotte used two Ivan Benkovic 3-pointers to gain a 10 point lead at 25-15.
The Wolves continued to battle against the 49ers in the last ten minutes getting as close as seven points at 27-20 at the 11:53 mark, following a Matthew Spears layup. After that Newberry struggled to stop Charlotte from outside of the arc as they hit six of eight shots from downtown to extend their lead to 48-24 with 7:05 left in the half.
Despite trailing by 24, Newberry fought to keep the deficit at such as they matched Charlotte with 13 points in the final seven minutes to head into the half down 61-37. Charlotte was 12-of-16 behind the arc while Newberry was 5-of-16 from downtown.
In the second half, Newberry was led by freshman Hamish Burns and Gerald Evans who had 10 points each on a combined 7-of-9 shooting. Burns and Evans both tallied 11 minutes in the half, which also led the team in the half.
Newberry didn’t get the lead any closer as Charlotte stretched their lead 32 at the 11:53 mark in the second half at 83-51. The Wolves used two runs of 14-10 and 13-8 in second half to bring the deficit to 25 at 101-76.
Newberry shot 8-of-14 in the second half from the charity stripe and 18-of-33 from the field to keep pace with Charlotte who shot 22-of-34 from the field and were limited at the foul line to 3-of-5.
Taylor and Smith paced the way for Newberry combining for 18 points, six assists and three steals as well as 5-of-10 from distance.
Following the exhibition loss, Newberry opens the season this weekend in Hartsville, South Carolina at the Sodexo SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge on Friday afternoon against Erskine and Saturday afternoon against North Greenville.