|February 28, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||C-N|
|FG Percentage||.429 (33-77)||.600 (33-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.387 (12-31)||.500 (13-26)|
|FT Percentage||.571 (4-7)||.833 (10-12)|
Hamish Burns - 4
BATES - 5
ROGERS - 5
Xavier Holmes - 3
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – A 7-0 run over the final 2:31 doomed Newberry on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Carson-Newman 89-82 inside the Holt Fieldhouse.
Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Scarlet and Gray as he scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor as well as seven rebounds. Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) and Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic., Australia) each added 14 points.
The Eagles (15-13, 13-9) were able to jump out to an early five-point lead 2:38 into the contest at 8-3 following a layup and proceeding free-throw by Sawyer Williams. The Wolves cut the deficit to 8-7 with a pair of layups 57 seconds later.
Following a 7-0 run by the Eagles, Newberry (19-9, 13-8) surged on a 15-8 run to claim a two-point advantage, 22-20 following a Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) contested layup. Carson-Newman didn’t fade as they answered back with two quick 3-point baskets to regain the advantage, 26-22.
With five minutes remaining in the first half the Wolves received a 3-point bucket from freshman Hamish Burns (Adelaide, SA, Australia) to knot the game at 29-29. Newberry was unable to contain the scoring from Carson-Newman as the Eagles used a 15-6 spree to claim a nine-point advantage heading into halftime with a 44-35 lead.
Newberry shot out of a cannon to begin the second half going on a 25-9 spree in the opening 5:12 to claim its largest lead of the game, 60-53. Taylor scored five of his 13 second half points during that opening stretch.
Carson-Newman trimmed the Wolves’ lead to two points at 62-60 after a three-point play by Charles Clark, but the Scarlet and Gray answered back by way of a Walker layup with 12:42 remaining in the game. Following another Eagle layup, Xavier Hill (Columbia, S.C.) was able to crash the lane and put back a rebound following a Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) missed contested layup to keep the Eagles at bay by four points.
A quick four points by the Eagles erased the Wolves’ deficit with 10:35 remaining. Newberry yielded a 10-5 span to Carson-Newman, which placed them five points behind, 75-70 with 7:05 left in the contest. The Wolves were able to draw within one point, 78-77 after a pair of Smith free throws, but were able to recapture the lead for the remainder of the contest.
On the afternoon, Newberry turned 16 Eagle turnovers into 19 points while Carson-Newman mustered nine points on nine Wolves turnovers. The Scarlet and Gray also outscored the Eagles in the paint 40-30, contrary to the first meeting on the season when Carson-Newman posted 66 points in the paint compared to Newberry’s 32.
With the loss, Newberry drops to the No. 3 seed in the South Atlantic Conference basketball tournament and will host former Newberry men’s basketball assistant Rob Perron and the Catawba College Indians at 8 p.m. inside Eleazer Arena.