|January 10, 2015||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||MHUM|
|FG Percentage||.535 (38-71)||.447 (38-85)|
|3P FG Percentage||.269 (7-26)||.311 (14-45)|
|FT Percentage||.781 (25-32)||.833 (10-12)|
Bauer - 2
Watkins - 1
MARS HILL, N.C. – Despite seeing their 14-point halftime lead evaporate, the No. 24 Newberry College men’s basketball team escaped Mars Hill with a 108-100 overtime victory.
Demarkus Smith led the team, scoring a career-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting to build off of his 25 points on Wednesday night against Catawba.
At the beginning of overtime Newberry continued to build on their late second half run with a 9-2 run to obtain a 98-91 lead halfway through the extra session. The Lions crept back into the game cutting the Newberry lead to four at 102-98 with 56 seconds remaining.
That is the closest Newberry allowed the Lions to tying the game as the Wolves used a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe in overtime to earn the victory. Smith and Gerald Evans each went 6-of-6 pacing the way in the overtime period.
A slow start to the second half allowed Mars Hill to get back into the contest using a 16-6 run over a 6:19 span to cut the Wolves lead to four, 53-49. For the next seven minutes Michael Carson carried the Lions scoring 21 points in that span to give the Lions a 75-74 lead.
With the scored tied at 78, Mars Hill took a seven point lead at 2:19 by way of a 9-2 stretch spanning nearly two minutes. The No. 24 Wolves did not back down as they used an Evans 3-point basket followed by a Dondray Walker put back en route to bringing the game back even at 87 apiece. Patrick Monroe had a 3-point attempt fall short at the end of regulation.
In the first half, Newberry trailed early on at 20-14 with 10:15 remaining before going on an 18-5 run over a 5:47 span to claim a seven point lead at 32-25 with 4:28 remaining following a lay-up from Xavier Holmes.
The Wolves continued to stretch their lead throughout the remainder of the first half, using a 15-8 run to take a 47-33 lead into the half. All said, Newberry finished the last ten minutes on a 33-13 scoring spell including eight points from Holmes.
Newberry spread the scoring wealth in the first half led by Mitch Riggs who had 10 points, Brandon Taylor and Smith with eight points apiece. Walker tallied three points and led in rebounds with four, all on the defensive side of play.
With the win, Newberry improves to 13-1 on the year and 7-1 in South Atlantic Conference action. They return to action on Wednesday January 14 as they travel to Hickory, North Carolina to take on conference rival Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 p.m.