|February 18, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||QUM|
|FG Percentage||.485 (33-68)||.483 (29-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (8-24)||.467 (14-30)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.813 (13-16)|
TEAM - 6
Demarkus Smith - 3
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves earn a hard-fought 90-85 victory over the Queens Royals inside the Curry Arena on Wednesday evening. With the win, Newberry now sits third in the South Atlantic Conference, tied with Carson-Newman and Queens.
Xavier Holmes led the way for Newberry tying a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. Holmes also snagged six rebounds and added two blocks on the evening.
In the first half the Wolves got off to a slow start as the Royals had an 11-4 lead after 4:45 of action, including a 5-0 run after the Wolves closed the gap to two points at 6-4. Down seven points, the Wolves were able to put a 7-0 run together, spanning 1:06 to draw even at 11 points apiece, capped off by a Demarkus Smith 10-footer.
Both squads exchanged baskets and lead for four minutes before Newberry, trailing 23-21, broke out another 7-0 run to claim a five-point advantage 28-23. The Royals were able to knock down their deficit to two points, 32-30, before Newberry took charge late in the half.
Leading by two points with 5:47 remaining, Newberry took command and surged on a 15-5 advantage that spanned 4:42 to obtain a double-digit lead 47-35 heading into halftime.
At the intermission, Holmes led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 16 minutes of action. Smith also tallied in the double digits, scoring 10 points on 5-of-11 from the field.
In the second half, the Wolves quickly extended their lead to 16 points at 51-35 following a pair of free-throws from Mitch Riggs. A short 11-2 run by Queens allowed the lead to diminish to seven points, but the continued resiliency of the Wolves allowed them to regain a comfortable lead at 61-47 with 14:55 remaining in the contest.
With a 68-57 lead and 11:46 left in the game, Queens went on 9-4 spree to get within six points before the Wolves answered the call with five consecutive points of their own, leading 77-66 at the 6:37 mark.
Throughout the remainder of the second half, Queens’ attempt to comeback was halted at a three possession differential before Newberry was able to re-extend its advantage against the stubborn Royals.
Down the stretch, Newberry connected on 3-of-4 free-throws to preserve the victory and earn a crucial road win against Queens. The win gives Newberry its second straight season sweep over the Queens Royals.
Hamish Burns tallied a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting including 3-of-6 from long distance. Smith completed the contest with 19 points along with Gerald Evans and Mitch Riggs who also tallied in double figures.
Newberry returns home for Senior Day on Saturday February 21 against the Mars Hill Lions at 4 p.m. inside Eleazer Arena.