|November 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ERSKINE||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.446 (29-65)||.520 (26-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.310 (9-29)||.429 (12-28)|
|FT Percentage||.538 (7-13)||.667 (16-24)|
- 21||Mitch Riggs
- 6||Brandon Taylor
- 4||Mitch Riggs
- 6||Demarkus Smith
Thomas Cameron - 1
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Junior Mitch Riggs tallied 22 points for Newberry as the Wolves opened the season with a victory over the Erskine Flying Fleet Friday afternoon inside the DeLoach Center on the campus of Coker College.
Riggs’ 22 points came on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and 6-of-8 at the charity stripe. He also tallied four assists on the day. Alongside Riggs, the Wolves had four other players reach double figures on the score sheet.
Newberry (1-0) exploded out to a quick 12-4 start in the first three minutes following Hamish Burns’ first three of the game. Burns added another bucket from distance in the half and finished with nine points.
The Wolves used a 9-5 run to stretch its lead to 13 points at 21-9 following Riggs’ second 3-point basket of the evening.
With 2:10 remaining in the half Newberry’s dominance continued as Dondray Walker joined the scoring party adding a 3-point basket of his own to give the Wolves a 16 point advantage at 41-25.
Erskine used a 6-2 run to cut into the Newberry to close out the half with the Wolves leading 43-31.
Newberry’s comfortable lead slowly become uncomfortable as Erskine used a 10-0 run in the opening 2:36 of the second half to diminish the Wolves lead to merely two points.
James Ashby and Riggs scored five quick points to give the Wolves a seven point lead two minutes later.
Newberry’s lead stayed intact for the remainder of the half and with 7:46 remaining the Wolves began a 9-3 run to extend the lead back to double digits at 74-63. The Flying Fleet didn’t go away using an Arvel Atwater 3-point basket to cap off a 10-2 run which brought the Wolves lead to only three.
Riggs halted the run hitting a clutch 3-point bucket with 2:14 remaining to extend the Newberry lead to six, which it remained until the final buzzer.
Despite being outscored in the paint and off of turnovers, the Wolves’ bench outscored that of Erskine’s massively 53-27, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Newberry faces North Greenville tomorrow afternoon in its second game of the Sodexo SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge from the DeLoach Center in Hartsville with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.