|February 07, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMU||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.525 (31-59)||.328 (22-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (12-28)||.152 (5-33)|
|FT Percentage||.545 (6-11)||.679 (19-28)|
- 26||Demarkus Smith
- 9||Gerald Evans
- 9||Gerald Evans
- 2||Gerald Evans
Demarkus Smith - 2
- 2||Vincent Hicklin
NEWBERRY – Despite forcing 19 turnovers the Newberry College men’s basketball team was defeated by the No. 1 ranked Lincoln Memorial 80-68 inside the friendly confines of Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) paced the way for the Wolves pouring in 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor as well as tallying two assists and two steals.
Early on in the first half Newberry trailed by one at 5-4 following a jumper from Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic, Australia). Over the next 3:18, Lincoln Memorial was able to exert its dominance going on a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 16-4.
Trailing 18-8 Newberry used an 8-2 spurt to draw within four points at 20-16 with 8:49 remaining in the first frame. The Wolves were unable to get any closer as they allowed Lincoln Memorial use a 15-6 run to gain a 13 point lead, 35-22 with 3:31 remaining.
The Wolves ended the half on a 14-4 run over the final 3:16 to enter halftime trailing by four points, 40-36. Newberry had a wealth of scorers in the first half as nine different players registered at least one point. Riggs led the way with nine points in the first half while Smith tallied eight points. Newberry forced nine turnovers while yielding four of its own.
Entering the second half Newberry was stagnant for the opening 2:24 of the second half as Lincoln Memorial used an 11-0 run to claim a 15 point lead at 51-36. The Wolves didn’t go away as they used a blanking 10-0 run to bring the deficit to five points, 51-46.
The Railsplitters answered with another run, this time 7-0 to reclaim a double digit lead at 12 points, 58-46. Newberry continued the trend of blanking runs as they used an 8-0 run to draw within four at 58-54 following a pair of Riggs’ free-throws with 8:18 left in the contest.
Four points is the closest Newberry got to the Railsplitters as they used a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 11 points. Newberry eventually trimmed the deficit to eight points but allowed Lincoln Memorial to earn a 12 point advantage, one that held for the rest of the game.
On the afternoon Lincoln Memorial’s Luquon Choice tallied a game-high 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The Wolves were outrebounded 47-34, with the Railsplitters snagging 41 defensive rebounds. Newberry forced 19 Lincoln Memorial turnovers compared to its nine.
Lincoln Memorial connected on 12-of-28 shooting from beyond the arc compared to Newberry’s 5-of-33 shooting from long-range. Overall Newberry was a cold 32.8%, 22-of-67, while Lincoln Memorial shot 52.5%, 31-of-59. Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) also recorded double-digits in scoring with 12 points.
With the loss, Newberry has dropped seven of eight contests after starting out the season 13-1. The Wolves return to action on Wednesday evening against the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. inside Eleazer Arena.