January 21, 20151st2ndFinal
Coker454590
Newberry393574
Stats at a GlanceCOKERNBY
FG Percentage.524 (33-63) .397 (25-63)
3P FG Percentage.467 (7-15) .281 (9-32)
FT Percentage.773 (17-22) .625 (15-24)
Offensive Rebounds1514
Defensive Rebounds3119
Total Rebounds4633
Turnovers1616
Steals107
Bench Points1039
LeadersCOKERNBY
PointsErrick Bethel - 24
Xavier Holmes - 16
ReboundsDonte Samuels - 12
Trey James - 12
Mitch Riggs - 7
AssistsErrick Bethel - 5
Trey James - 5
Mitch Riggs - 2
Demarkus Smith - 2
James Stepp - 2
Xavier Holmes - 2
StealsTrey Marshall - 4
Mitch Riggs - 2
Matthew Spears - 2
Xavier Holmes - 2
BlocksTrey James - 3
Xavier Holmes - 1
Newberry drops third straight


Newberry drops third straight
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Newberry College men’s basketball dropped its third consecutive contest, falling to the Coker Cobras inside Eleazer Arena 90-74.

Xavier Holmes registered a team-high 16 points and contributed three rebounds in the loss. Demarkus Smith continued his double-digit streak with 15 points while snagging six rebounds.

In the first half, Newberry (13-4, 7-4) got off to a slow start as the Cobras jumped out to a 15-5 lead at the 16:07 remaining following a Trey James dunk.

The Wolves were able to get within five points at 25-20 with 9:30 remaining by way of a Holmes 3-point play. But they failed to capitalize on the momentum as Coker stretched the lead to 15 at 42-27 after a Donte Samuels layup.

Newberry was able to use a 12-3 run to conclude the first half and trim the deficit to six at 45-39 including four points from James Ashby. Holmes and Smith led the Wolves in first half points with nine each including combining for seven rebounds.

Coker was able to surge out to a 13 point lead in the first two minutes of the second half using a 7-0 run at 52-39. The Wolves cut the lead to three at 61-58 following a James Stepp 3-point basket. That was the closest Newberry was able to get before the Cobras extended their lead to as many as 20 points with 1:08 remaining at 90-70.

The Scarlet and Gray scored the final four points of the contest including three points from Holmes to trim the deficit under 20 points.

Alongside Holmes and Smith, Brandon Taylor added 12 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes of play. Gerald Evans made his return to the court following a one game absence after suffering an injury late in the game versus Lenoir-Rhyne last Wednesday.