Smith and Stepp garner All-SAC honors


Smith and Stepp garner All-SAC honors
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL - The Newberry College Wolves men's basketball team has earned two members on the All-South Atlantic Conference regular season teams as voted on by the leagues coaches.

Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) has been named to the first team while James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) earned a tie for a spot on the all-freshman team.

During his senior season, Smith tallied double digit points in 25 of his 28 game appearances. He posted a career-high 30 points against Carson-Newman on January 24, a 101-92 double overtime loss in Newberry. Smith also pulled down 10 rebounds in that contest. 

A four-game stretch in the beginning of January, Smith averaged 25.0 points per game while connecting on an average of 7.75 shots on 12.5 shot attempts. Prior to those four games Smith boasted an average of 12.7 points per game before propelling to a 16.1 points per game average, placing him in the Top-5 of the South Atlantic Conference. Smith surpassed the 1,000 point plateau versus Tusculum when he poured in 26 points in the Wolves' 88-80 victory.

Stepp made himself known early on during the campaign as a precision 3-point shooter for the Scarlet and Gray. During the opening four games of the season, Stepp shot 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. The fifth game of the season Stepp poured in 5-of-8 from long range during Newberry's home-opener versus the Brevard Tornados, a 101-72 victory. He continued against the Catawba Indians as he shot 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Wolves earned a hard-fought victory 108-101.

On the year Stepp has shot 37.7% (61-of-162) from 3-point range, while shooting 37.9% (66-174) overall from the floor. He averages 2.4 rebounds on the campaign and 65.4% (17-26) from the charity stripe.

Newberry returns to action Wednesday evening as they host the No. 6 seeded Catawba Indians in the SAC Quarterfinals at 8 p.m. inside Eleazer Arena.