December 13, 20141st2ndFinal
Southern Wesleyan433780
Newberry613899
Stats at a GlanceSWUNBY
FG Percentage.561 (32-57) .507 (35-69)
3P FG Percentage.500 (10-20) .368 (14-38)
FT Percentage.545 (6-11) .882 (15-17)
Offensive Rebounds1212
Defensive Rebounds2317
Total Rebounds3529
Turnovers2916
Steals69
Bench Points1369
LeadersSWUNBY
PointsKenny Holmes - 18
James Ashby - 16
ReboundsDwayne Bryant - 15
James Ashby - 6
AssistsKenny Holmes - 8
Mitch Riggs - 6
StealsBuster Walker - 1
Mike Lieberman - 1
Dwayne Bryant - 1
Kenny Holmes - 1
Jamaral Kearse - 1
Jemiah Wimphrie - 1
James Ashby - 2
Demarkus Smith - 2
BlocksDwayne Bryant - 3
Brandon Taylor - 1
No. 21/18 Newberry surges to 10-0 season start with 99-80 win over Southern Wesleyan


No. 21/18 Newberry surges to 10-0 season start with 99-80 win over Southern Wesleyan
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - The No. 21/18 Newberry College men's basketball team thundered to a big first half lead and sustained multiple rallies by the Southern Wesleyan University Warriors in a 99-80 victory in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.

Newberry pushed its season-opening winning streak to 10 games and will carry a 10-0 overall record into Monday night's South Atlantic Conference battle against No. 8/10 Lincoln Memorial University (9-0) in Harrogate, Tenn.

James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) led the Wolves with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals with nine points in the second half. Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) netted 15 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic, Australia) and Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) each scored 14 points and Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) rounded out Newberry's double digit scorers with 12 markers.

Newberry had a well-rounded offensive attack, scoring 42 points on two-point field goals as well as 42 points on 14 three-point baskets.

Following a 40-point rout on Thanksgiving weekend, Southern Wesleyan was not deterred by Newberry, taking an 11-10 lead with 16:25 left in the first half before Newberry went on a big surge.

The Wolves proceeded to go on a 19-4 over the next five minutes of play, with Riggs canning two three-pointers and Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) and Xavier Hill (Irmo, S.C.) each draining long distance shots. Riggs' second trey of the rally pushed Newberry's lead to 29-15 with 11:22 left in the opening period.

Newberry continued to push ahead and took its largest lead of the game with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half, when a pair of Taylor free throws made it a 56-31 lead for the scarlet and gray. The 25-point advantage would be the hosts' largest of the contest.

SWU was able to narrow that advantage to 18 points at the halftime break, with Newberry leading 61-43 at the intermission. Riggs' 12 points and Smith's 10 markers led the Wolves at the half, as the scarlet and gray shot 58.3% from the field in the half.

The Warriors quickly pressured the Wolves out of the break and drew within eight points just five minutes into the period. A Darius Sharpe triple cut Newberry's lead to 67-59 with 15:17 to go.

Newberry pushed the lead back to 15 points on a Hill triple and a Holmes layup with just over 13 minutes to go, making it 77-62.

The guests surged again, going on a 10-0 run with a Jamarl Kearse three with 8:43 cutting the Wolves' lead all the way down to five points at 77-72.

But Newberry's pressure defense and shooting were able to help the hosts pull away from a tight situation, as the Warriors scored just three baskets in the remaining time on the clock, including no points in the final three minutes.

Newberry shot only 42.4% in the second half, compared to 63.6% for the Warriors. However, SWU turned the ball over 29 times on the night (15 in the first half, 14 in the second half), allowing the Wolves to take 12 more field goal attempts throughout the contest.