|February 21, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MHUM||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.377 (29-77)||.517 (30-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.231 (6-26)||.222 (4-18)|
|FT Percentage||.462 (6-13)||.714 (15-21)|
- 21||Demarkus Smith
Witherspoon - 8
- 4||Gerald Evans
Justin Yeargin - 3
- 1||Xavier Holmes
NEWBERRY – Propelled by five scorers in double-figures, the Newberry College men’s basketball defeated the Mars Hill Lions 79-70 inside Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Wolves senior Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) led all Newberry scorers with 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
The Wolves started off very quickly on a 9-2 run in the first 2:34 following points from four different scorers. Mars Hill answered with 16-5 run to claim a four-point advantage, 18-14 at 9:25 following a 3-point basket from Justin Yeargin.
Newberry answered back with a 9-2 stretch of its own to claim a three-point advantage, 23-20 with 6:05 remaining in the first stanza. Following a Yeargin 3-point basket to tie the game at 27-27, Newberry finished the half outscoring Mars Hill 11-5 to claim a 38-32 lead entering the intermission.
At the half, the Wolves outscored the Lions 24-14 in the paint while getting outscored 17-8 off the bench. Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) recorded 10 points in the first half along with snagging five rebounds.
Entering the second half Newberry extended its lead to eight points following a layup from Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.). The Lions were able to garner five straight points to close the gap to three points before the Scarlet and Gray regained its eight point advantage at 16:46.
Throughout the next 10 minutes of the second half Newberry didn’t give up the lead as Mars Hill got as close as three points at the 6:42 mark following a Yeargin 3-point basket. The Wolves extended their advantage to eight points again at the 6:08 mark and the 4:05 time frames of the second half.
With 1:07 remaining in the contest, Newberry held a five-point advantage before they sprinted on an 8-4 run to close the game and earn the nine-point victory. Smith, Evans and Taylor were all perfected in their respective free throw attempts to close out the game and seal the victory.
Alongside of Smith, Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) registered 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 at the charity stripe. Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic., Australia) tallied 15 points and six rebounds while Taylor finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Wolves finished with 46 points in the paint and 30-of-58 from the floor, 51.7% compared to the 37.7% the Lions shot overall on 77 shot attempts.
Newberry completes the home portion of the campaign on Wednesday as they host Wingate at 8 p.m. inside Eleazer Arena.