|November 15, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NGU||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.469 (30-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.471 (16-34)|
|FT Percentage||.783 (18-23)||.625 (10-16)|
- 16||James Ashby
- 10||Dondray Walker
Demarkus Smith - 5
- 5||Demarkus Smith
Micah Parker - 2
HARTSVILLE – Led by 16 points from junior James Ashby the Newberry Wolves men’s basketball team found victory for the second straight day as they defeated the Crusaders of North Greenville 86-69 inside the DeLoach Center at Coker College.
Including Ashby, the Wolves had five players reach double figures for the second straight game with Demarkus Smith contributed 12 points and Gerald Evans added 11 points including 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
The Crusaders gained an early 5-3 lead as Micah Parker hit a free throw but after that the Wolves exploded on offense. Jump started by two 3-point buckets from Evans, the Wolves went on a 22-3 run to gain a 25-8 advantage.
Newberry and North Greenville went neck and neck the rest of the first half exchanging baskets. The Crusaders cut the deficit to 10 points on a Chris Brown lay-up but Evans connected on another 3-point basket to extend the lead to 13.
At the half, Newberry had a plethora of scorers led by Evans who had nine points, Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) with seven and Hamish Burns who was 2-of-3 from distance in the half with six points.
Similar to the second half against Erskine, the Crusaders had a quick run against Newberry to get the deficit to six, but Newberry held onto the pressure and never allowed North Greenville to get any closer.
Using a free throw from Xavier Holmes and a pair of quick layups from Smith, Newberry stretched its lead from seven points to 11 at the 15:04 mark. North Greenville didn’t get any closer in the matchup as Newberry’s high pressure defense kept forcing the Crusaders into errant passes and uncomfortable shots.
Ashby capped off the night for the Scarlet and Gray making a pair of free throws and burying a 3-point basket in the final three minutes of play to give the Wolves the 17 point victory.
On the weekend, Ashby finished 9-of-10 from the field and a combined 26 points for the Wolves. Riggs added 10 points tonight to bring his weekend and season total to 32 points.
Contrary to yesterday’s 22 turnovers Newberry showed a lot better ball control only turning the ball over 11 times in the game. On the defensive side of the ball the Wolves forced the issue and caused the Crusaders to turn the ball over 19 times. Newberry outscored the Crusaders 21-5 off of turnovers.
Newberry men’s basketball gets a quick turnaround as they travel to Columbia to take on the Allen University Yellow Jackets on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.