February 14, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYTCM
FG Percentage.415 (27-65) .473 (26-55)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.833 (25-30) .654 (17-26)
Offensive Rebounds76
Defensive Rebounds2932
Total Rebounds3638
Bench Points265
PointsMitch Riggs - 21
Mason Fox - 17
Cory Fagan - 17
ReboundsBrandon Taylor - 15
Matt Shown - 11
AssistsMitch Riggs - 4
Demarkus Smith - 4
Javon Price - 4
Mason Fox - 4
StealsXavier Holmes - 4
Mason Fox - 4
BlocksXavier Holmes - 3
Mason Fox - 1
Cory Fagan - 1
Mounce - 1
Zach Davis - 1
Connor Mitchell - 1
Newberry's success versus Tusculum continues with 88-78 victory

Newberry's success versus Tusculum continues with 88-78 victory
Saturday, February 14, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Five players recorded double-digit scoring to propel the Newberry College men’s basketball team over the Tusculum Pioneers 88-78 on Saturday afternoon inside Pioneer Arena.

Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) finished with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds including 14 defensive rebounds. He also contributed two assists and a career-high three steals in the contest.

Early on the Wolves fell behind quickly 11-0 as Tusculum connected on its first three 3-point baskets in the first 2:32 of the half. Newberry received a layup from Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) 30 seconds later to trail 11-2. 

The Wolves used a 7-2 run for the next three minutes to draw within four points at 13-9 capped off by a 3-point bucket from James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.). The contest remained at a two possession deficit for the Scarlet and Gray before the Pioneers used a quick five points to gain an eight point lead, 23-15 at the 9:30 mark of the first half.

Newberry used a 16-5 spurt over a 5:54 span to gain a 31-28 lead completed by a fast break layup courtesy of Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.). The Wolves were able to maintain the lead until the halftime buzzer leading the Pioneers 36-32. Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) led all scorers with 11 points in 16 minutes of action. Taylor tallied seven rebounds in the first stanza, all on the defensive end.

Briefly in the second half the Pioneers were able to get within two points before Newberry slowly pulled away. Prior to the first media timeout the Wolves extended their lead eight points, 47-39 following a pair of free throws by James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand). Tusculum continued to battle throughout, knocking down shots and eventually slimming the Newberry lead to one point.

With a 59-58 lead Newberry quickly regained a seven point lead on six straight points from Taylor and Holmes at 8:25. Tusculum was able to claw back into the contest at 66-65 with 6:11 remaining in the contest.

The Wolves put the clamp down on any hope for Tusculum as they used a 4:52 span and an 20-7 run to take a commanding 14 point lead, 86-72. The Pioneers knocked the lead down to 10 points before the final buzzer, as Newberry earned the 88-78 victory.

Newberry and Tusculum both hit nine 3-point baskets on the afternoon, while Newberry created separation at the free throw line as the Wolves connected on eight more free throws than Tusculum. The Wolves finished 25-of-30 at the charity stripe while the Pioneers hit 17-of-26 at the line. 

Tusculum held a slight advantage on the glass as they outrebounded Newberry 38-36. The Wolves forced 20 turnovers while only yielding 10 turnovers of their own.

With the victory tonight Newberry is one game back of second place in the South Atlantic Conference. Second place is currently a three-way tie between Queens, Wingate and Carson-Newman, all three opponents the Wolves face in the final four games.

On Wednesday evening Newberry travels to second place Queens with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.