|January 07, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CAT||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.449 (35-78)||.486 (35-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.382 (13-34)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (16-26)||.743 (26-35)|
- 30||Demarkus Smith
Arrington - 11
Morrison - 4
Brown - 4
Morrison - 3
- 1||Brandon Taylor
NEWBERRY – The Newberry College men's basketball defeated the Catawba Indians, 109-98 to earn the season sweep over the Indians.
Brandon Taylor tallied a career-high 21 points and added eight rebounds while Demarkus Smith tallied a team-high 25 points and seven rebounds.
Catawba quickly shot out to a four-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, which was quickly vanished by the Wolves who knotted the game at 62 by way of a 3-point shot from Gerald Evans at the 14:46 mark.
The Wolves held onto the lead until 7:46 remaining when Jameel Taylor connected on two free throws to give the Indians an 84-83 advantage. The lead was short lived as Newberry tied up the contest yet again at 88 apiece with six minutes remaining.
With the Wolves holding a slim 90-89 lead, Newberry used a 19-9 run over the final five minutes to extend the lead to 11. For the Indians, aside from the makes at the charity stripe, they finished the game shooting 1-of-9 from the field while the Wolves shot a blistering 7-of-9 during that same stretch.
Smith scored 11 of the 19 points for the Wolves during that stretch including five connections from the free throw line to ensure the victory for Newberry.
In the first half Newberry fought an uphill battle as they fell behind 21-9 5:12 into the game off of a 3-point shot by Rakeen Brown. The Wolves slowly chipped away at the lead with 5:23 remaining as they trailed by two, 35-33.
The Indians proceeded to extend the lead to five but the Wolves resiliency used a quick 6-0 run to take a 41-40 lead following two free throws from Taylor. The teams traded baskets including a Smith 3-point basket, before Andrew Ingram beat the halftime buzzer to give the Indians a two point halftime lead, 46-44.
Taylor was successful on 8-of-9 free throws en route to his career-high. His eight rebounds was two shy of his career-mark tallied against College of Faith earlier in the season.
The Wolves hit the road for three consectutive contests. On January 10 they travel to Mars Hill followed by Lenoir-Rhyne on January 14. The trip concludes on January 17 at Brevard.