|February 11, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LR||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.406 (26-64)||.446 (25-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (10-25)||.412 (14-34)|
|FT Percentage||.400 (4-10)||.944 (17-18)|
- 25||Demarkus Smith
- 7||Demarkus Smith
- 4||Gerald Evans
- 2||Xavier Holmes
- 2||Brandon Taylor
NEWBERRY – Four different Wolves scored in double figures as the Newberry College men’s basketball team triumphed over the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 81-66 inside Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) notched a game-high 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Tonight’s contest was Smith’s ninth game of scoring 20 or more points. He also registered nine rebounds and six assists.
Early on the Wolves and Bears battled back and forth exchanging one and two point leads until the 14:11 mark when Newberry’s lead was trimmed to one point. Reed Lucas connected on a 3-point shot which brought the Bears within one point before Newberry went on a tear.
Over the next 4:04 the Scarlet and Gray went on a 16-3 scoring attack led by Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) and James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) who tallied six points each to stretch the Wolves’ advantage to 27-13.
Lenoir-Rhyne was able to trim the Newberry advantage to five points with 3:20 remaining at 32-27 by way of a 14-5 run. The Wolves were able to hold the Bears at bay for the remainder of the first half as they led 40-33 at halftime.
In the first half Newberry connected on 11-of-12 free throws while Lenoir-Rhyne was only 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Smith contributed nine points, five assists and collected five rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
The Wolves were able to use a 13-3 run to begin the second half to stretch their advantage to 17 points at 50-36 with 14:42 left in the game. From that time on, the closest Lenoir-Rhyne was able to get was 11 points at 13:34.
With an 11-point advantage Newberry cruised on a 17-6 run spanning 6:41 to capture a 22-point lead, 70-48 which all but sealed the victory for the Wolves. Lenoir-Rhyne closed the game on an 18-11 stretch to narrow the deficit over the final 6:34 to close the gap to 15 points.
The victory is the first in four game for the Wolves and second in the last nine games for the men’s team. Newberry sits in fifth place of the South Atlantic Conference and with tonight’s victory, as well as the loss by Carson-Newman, the Wolves gain one spot nearer to the fourth place position.
Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) tallied 13 points including 6-of-6 shooting at the charity stripe. He also tallied four rebounds and tied a career-high three blocks. Stepp completed the contest with 12 points and Riggs added 11 points while snagging eight rebounds.
At the free-throw line, Newberry connected on 17-of-18, 94.4% while the Bears were an abysmal 4-of-10, 40% from the charity stripe.
Five games remain on the 2014-15 campaign for the Newberry College Wolves including two straight road games, beginning Saturday at Tusculum with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m. from Greeneville, Tennesse.