January 28, 20151st2ndFinal
Queens (N.C.)364480
Stats at a GlanceQUNBY
FG Percentage.420 (29-69) .472 (34-72)
3P FG Percentage.462 (12-26) .257 (9-35)
FT Percentage.500 (10-20) .864 (19-22)
Offensive Rebounds1414
Defensive Rebounds2533
Total Rebounds3947
Bench Points2834
PointsMORGAN - 22
Demarkus Smith - 20
ReboundsTEAM - 7
Vincent Hicklin - 9
AssistsLEWIS - 6
Gerald Evans - 6
StealsLEWIS - 2
James Stepp - 4
BlocksJACKSON - 2
Vincent Hicklin - 2
Wolves slam brakes on losing streak in 96-80 win

Wolves slam brakes on losing streak in 96-80 win
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – Powered by six players in double figures the Newberry Wolves halted their four-game losing streak as they defeated the Queens Royals 96-80 inside the friendly confines of Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.

Demarkus Smith led the way for Newberry scoring 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 6-of-7 at the charity stripe. The Wolves used an early 19-3 run in the first half to open the flood gates and take command.

In the opening frame Newberry was able to get out to a 6-2 lead following six points from Xavier Holmes. The Royals drew even one minute later following a layup from Jared Hendryx at the 16:55 mark.

Over a four minute span the Scarlet and Gray used the aforementioned 19-3 run to gain an 11 point advantage at 20-9 following a 3-point basket from Hamish Burns. In that span, Newberry connected on three 3-point baskets including two from James Stepp. Stepp finished the half with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, all from long-distance. In that span, Queens shot 1-of-6 from the field while Newberry shot a sizzling 6-of-7.

At 6:46 the Royals trimmed the Wolves lead to two points after Jedarian Jackson buried a 3-point basket. Newberry never lost the lead though as they were able to extend the lead to 11 points entering the halftime break at 47-36.

In the first 20 minutes Newberry was able to force 16 turnovers which they redeemed for 22 points, including 10 points from fast breaks. The Wolves came off the bench and scored 18 points compared to four by the Royals.

As the second half started Queens knocked Newberry’s lead down to eight at 17:42 following a 3-point basket from Rob Lewis, but the Wolves showed grit and quickly extended their lead back to double digits on a Holmes fast break lay-in. Newberry held its own throughout the half as they fended off multiple Queens attempts to cut into the lead.

From 11:49 until the final buzzer, Newberry never allowed its lead to dip under 10 points as they stretched it to as many as 21 points following a pair of free throws from Vincent Hicklin at 96-75 with 73 seconds left in the contest. Queens tallied the final five points of the game to cut the lead to 16 as the final buzzer sounded.

Alongside of Smith, Brandon Taylor notched 12 points as well as Hicklin and Holmes’ contributing 12 points each. Mitch Riggs poured in 10 points while James Stepp added 13 points on 4-of-10 from the field and five rebounds.

The Wolves outrebounded Queens 47-39 and outperformed them at the free throw line as Newberry shot 86.4% compared to the Royals’ 50%.

For the first time since a 118-79 victory over College of Faith on December 10, Newberry earned a victory in a game in which they never trailed, a span of 10 games.

Following tonight’s win, the Wolves hit the road for a Saturday contest at Anderson with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m.