|November 25, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||CAT|
|FG Percentage||.500 (35-70)||.559 (38-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.432 (16-37)||.545 (12-22)|
|FT Percentage||.786 (22-28)||.650 (13-20)|
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SALISBURY, N.C. – Using a four minute span of six three-point baskets, the Newberry College men’s basketball team was victorious on Tuesday night as they defeated the Catawba Indians 108-101 inside Goodman Gymnasium.
The Wolves (6-0, 3-0) were led by senior Demarkus Smith who tied a career-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed five rebounds while James Stepp’s 18 points was a career-high, surpassing the 15 points he tallied against Brevard on November 22, 2014.
Both squads battled back and forth for much of the first half until the final five and a half minutes when the Wolves began their run.
With the game being tied for the fourth time in the game at 29-29 with 6:03 remaining, Smith connected on back-to-back field goals to give the Wolves a 33-29 lead. From that point Newberry continued to extend its lead using a 14-4 run, including four points from James Ashby, to jump out to a 47-33 lead with 50 seconds remaining.
Newberry took a 47-36 lead into the half having forced 11 turnovers and generating 16 points off of those turnovers.
In the second half, the Indians came storming back and chipped away at Newberry’s lead as they used the first ten minutes and a 30-17 run to take the lead at 66-64, the first lead for Catawba since 7:54 remaining in the first half.
Catawba continued holding its lead, pushing it to as many as seven points at 84-77, but the Wolves did not go down without a valiant effort. After Smith went 1-of-2 from the line, the fire was lit for Newberry and the Indians were unable to extinguish the blaze.
Trailing by six, James Stepp connected on back-to-back three’s to get the Wolves to within one at 85-84. Following a quick layup by the Indians' Vismantas Marijosius, Newberry’s precision from distance struck again as Xavier Hill connected on a three-point bucket from the corner to draw even at 87 with 4:50 remaining.
The Indians answered with a three of their own but Newberry’s Smith continued with the hot hand and responded with a three of his own to knot the game at 90 points.
Coming out of a media timeout Smith was sent to the line and connected on both of his shots from the charity stripe which gave Newberry a 92-90 lead. One they didn’t relinquish in the final 3:35.
The three-point frenzy continued as Brandon Taylor and Mitch Riggs joined the party with a three-point bucket of their own to cap off Newberry’s 15-5 run and lead 102-95. Gerald Evans went 2-of-4 from the line while Smith and Riggs each added a field goal to secure the victory for the Wolves.
Newberry buried 16 three-point baskets on the evening which is fourth most among Division II schools for most three-pointers in a game on the 2014-15 campaign.
With the win, the Newberry men’s and women’s basketball teams are in an elite group of only 12 other teams with both squads being undefeated. The Wolves are tops in combined wins with 11 as the Newberry women’s team is 5-0.
The Newberry men’s basketball team returns to action on Friday November 28 as they travel to Central, South Carolina to take on Southern Wesleyan with tip-off set for 7 p.m.