March 04, 20151st2ndFinal
Catawba246387
Newberry514798
Stats at a GlanceCATNBY
FG Percentage.449 (31-69) .492 (32-65)
3P FG Percentage.208 (5-24) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.690 (20-29) .703 (26-37)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2433
Total Rebounds3547
Turnovers1716
Steals78
Bench Points1123
LeadersCATNBY
PointsTaylor - 26
Riggs - 26
ReboundsPerkins - 7
Evans - 8
AssistsTaylor - 4
Evans - 5
StealsArrington - 2
Morrison - 2
Walker - 2
Holmes - 2
BlocksTaylor - 6
Stepp - 1
Holmes - 1
Mitch makes his moment, Wolves advance to semifinals


Mitch makes his moment, Wolves advance to semifinals
Thursday, March 5, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – Junior Mitch Riggs led the Newberry College men’s basketball team into the South Atlantic Conference semifinals as they defeated the Catawba College Indians 98-87 inside Eleazer Arena on Wednesday evening.

Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic., Australia) poured in a career-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting as well as adding six rebounds and four assists.

Newberry jumped out a 9-4 advantage 4:11 into the contest, including four points from Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) to extend to the five-point lead.

Over a 6:10 span the Wolves leaped out to a 15-point advantage by way of a 15-5 spree to claim a 24-9 lead. Riggs and Holmes combined for the final 12 points enroute to the double-digit lead.

The Scarlet and Gray continued to build on its lead throughout the remainder of the first half. With a 15 point lead at the 9:59 mark the Wolves doubled its advantage to 30 points to 51-21 by way of a 27-12 spurt with 2:27 remaining in the half. Newberry took a 51-24 lead into the intermission break.

At halftime, Riggs tallied 14 points while Holmes and Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) each added 11 points. The Wolves shot 18-of-32 (56.3%) including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.

The Wolves continued to protrude their dominance as they were able to stretch the game to their largest lead, 66-33 with 16:29 remaining in the contests by way of Xavier Hill’s (Columbia, S.C.) lone basket from the field.

During the following 4:22 Catawba trimmed the Newberry lead by 11 points to 71-49 after a 16-5 spree. The Indians continued to put a dent into their deficit over the following 7:34 as they used a 24-13 run to get within 11 points, 84-73 following a 3-point play from Jameel Taylor.

The Wolves continued to allow the Indians to inch closer as they led by as little as seven points, 87-80 with 2:48 left in the SAC quarterfinal. Newberry showed its resiliency as they held on to earn the 98-87 victory, using an 11-7 run over the final 2:48.

Newberry posted five different scorers in double figures. Alongside Riggs, Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) added 19 points, Holmes finished the contest with 18 points. Taylor added 13 points and four rebounds while Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C) contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

As a team, Newberry outrebounded Catawba 47-35 including 33-24 on the defensive side of the ball. The Wolves posted 46 points in the paint compared to 32 from Catawba.

Newberry travels to Greenville, S.C. to face off against the Carson-Newman Eagles in the SAC Semifinals inside Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University at 8 p.m.