|January 31, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||AU|
|FG Percentage||.419 (26-62)||.421 (24-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.341 (15-44)||.387 (12-31)|
|FT Percentage||.611 (11-18)||.677 (21-31)|
Jones - 2
Daniel - 2
Xavier Holmes - 1
ANDERSON – The Newberry College men’s basketball team fell in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday afternoon to the Anderson Trojans 81-78 inside the Abney Center.
Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) led the Wolves with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting including 6-of-9 beyond the arc. Evans also snagged six rebounds on the evening.
In the first 20 minutes of action Newberry was led by James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) who tallied 12 points on 4-of-6 from long range and Evans with 11 points including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Newberry limited the Trojans’ leading scorer, Myson Jones to only two points on 1-of-3 shoot as well as forcing him to turn the ball over twice during the first half.
Newberry jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead powered by four points from Hamish Burns (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). The Wolves’ was trimmed but Newberry continued to not allow Anderson the scoreboard advantage. The Trojans were able to get a 15-11 advantage before Evans and Smith regained the lead for the Scarlet and Gray at 16-15 with 10:37 remaining.
Newberry and Anderson exchanged leads for the remainder of the first half as neither team gained a lead larger than four points. Newberry used two 3-point buckets from Stepp en route to a 6-1 run to close out the first half leading 44-40.
With a four point halftime lead Newberry entered the second half in a stagnant manner compared to the Trojans. Three minutes into the second half Evans connected on a 3-point shot to give Newberry a 50-47 lead. Anderson then exploded on a 13-2 run that spanned five and a half minutes to claim a 60-52 lead with 11:24 remaining in the contest.
Newberry trailed by as many as 11 points with 5:43 left in the game before they started to cut into the deficit. With a few ticks above four minutes the Wolves were able to get the Trojans’ lead down to six points at 69-63 before Anderson stretched it back to 10 points with 2:49 left.
The Scarlet and Gray were able to get within five points multiple times down the stretch but the Trojans failed to allow Newberry to get any closer. Evans’ 3-point basket with seven seconds remaining got the Wolves to within four points but a pair of free-throws by Jones sealed the win for Anderson. As time expired, Evans connected on a 3-point shot to lower the deficit to three points at 81-78.
Alongside of Evans, Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) contributed 11 points and six rebounds and Stepp added 15 points on 5-of-10 from the floor.
Following this afternoon’s contest, the Wolves travel to Wingate University on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. for the first matchup against the Bulldogs on the season.