|February 25, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WU||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.422 (27-64)||.587 (37-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.394 (13-33)||.600 (15-25)|
|FT Percentage||.450 (9-20)||.611 (11-18)|
- 25||Demarkus Smith
- 8||Brandon Taylor
- 5||Gerald Evans
- 2||Gerald Evans
Mitch Riggs - 2
McCall - 1
Harrison - 1
Griffin - 1
NEWBERRY - Propelled by 15 3-point baskets, the Newberry College men's basketball team defeated the Wingate Bulldogs 100-76 inside Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) paced the Wolves with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and snagged five rebounds. Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) made his long awaited return, scoring 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Wingate was able to jump out to an early five-point advantage 2:08 into the first half at 7-2 following a 3-point basket from Ryan Daye. James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) answered with a 3-point basket to trim the deficit to two points and spark Newberry’s 8-3 run to knot the game a 10-10.
A 20-6 Wolves spree over a 7:14 span allowed the Wolves to take a 14-point lead at 30-16 with 9:29 remaining in the first half, capped off by a Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) jump shot. Newberry continued to build on its lead and gained an 18-point advantage at 39-21 following a 3-point basket from Xavier Hill (Columbia, S.C.).
The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 14-9 run to trim the Wolves’ lead to 13 points, 48-35. Newberry outscored Wingate’s bench 27-2, including 10 points from Walker and seven points from Hill and Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.).
Newberry continued its sharp shooting in the second half as they used a 2:43 span and a 9-2 run to claim a 20-point lead, 57-37 following a James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) 3-point bucket. The Wolves didn’t allow their lead to get below 11 points throughout the remainder of the second half.
With an 80-69 lead, Newberry used a 17-5 stretch to gain a 23-point lead, completed by a Smith 3-point basket with 2:10 remaining in the contest. Smith and Walker both finished 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in the second half.
On the evening Taylor led the game with nine total rebounds, including six on the defensive side of the ball. Newberry outrebounded Wingate 41-29, more specifically 32-20 on the defensive end in favor of the Wolves.
The Wolves finished with 46 bench points compared to the seven points of the Bulldogs. The Scarlet and Gray shot 58.7 percent, 37-63, from the field and 15-25 from beyond the arc.
Newberry travels to Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon to conclude the 2014-15 regular season at 4 p.m. A win by the Wolves guarantees them the No. 2 seed in the South Atlantic Conference tournament, beginning next week.