March 07, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYC-N
FG Percentage.410 (25-61) .520 (26-50)
3P FG Percentage.382 (13-34) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage.692 (9-13) .765 (26-34)
Offensive Rebounds1515
Defensive Rebounds1725
Total Rebounds3240
Bench Points277
PointsWalker - 28
CLARK - 33
ReboundsWalker - 7
TEAM - 7
TEAM - 10
AssistsTaylor - 5
StealsTaylor - 2
Ashby - 2
Hill - 2
BlocksWalker - 1
Newberry falls to Carson-Newman 82-72 in SAC Semifinals

Newberry falls to Carson-Newman 82-72 in SAC Semifinals
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENVILLE – A strong second half run from Carson-Newman proved insurmountable for Newberry down the stretch as the Wolves fell in the SAC Semifinals to the Carson-Newman Eagles 82-72 inside Timmons Arena on Saturday evening.

Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) led the Wolves in scoring with a season-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting including a perfect 5of-5 in the first half. 

In the first half, teams traded leads for the opening 3:28 of the game before Newberry (20-10) maintained its advantage. With the game tied at 8-8, Newberry received a 3-point basket from Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) to take an 11-8 lead.

Carson Brooks and Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) exchanged layups before the Eagles (17-13) tied the contest again at 13-13. The Wolves stretched their lead to five points at 23-18 after a 3-point bucket from Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio). Newberry continued to maintain its advantage as built a seven point lead 29-22.

Throughout the remainder of the first half, the Wolves weathered multiple rallies from the Eagles over the final 6:32 as Newberry entered the half with a 6-point lead, 40-34. Walker tallied 13 points and three rebounds in the first half. Holmes added nine points and two rebounds in the first stanza.

Early in the second half Newberry stretched its lead to nine at 18:46, the largest lead of the game for the Wolves. Carson-Newman took a two point lead 3:32 later to claim a 50-48 advantage by way of a 14-3 run.

During a span of 8:35 between the under 16 media time out and the under eight media timeout Newberry’s defense was penetrated by a Carson-Newman 16-6 run to claim an eight point lead 62-54. The Wolves didn’t have an answer for the Eagles defense as C-N sparked for a 14-7 spree closing in with three minutes left to claim a 76-61 advantage.

Newberry continued to battle as Walker knocked down a mid-range jumper and a 3-point to close the gap to 11 points with 1:56 remaining. A vengeful defense from the Wolves didn’t give up until the final horn as Evans knocked down a 3-point basket of his to trim the deficit to eight points, 80-72 with 30 seconds left.

The Wolves finished the contest 13-of-34 from beyond the arc compared to Eagles’ 4-of-15 from long range. Newberry was minimalized at the charity stripe, going 9-of-13 while Carson-Newman knocked down 26 free throws on 34 attempts.

Alongside of Walker, Evans contributed 10 points and Holmes added nine points for the Scarlet and Gray. Taylor finished with six rebounds and five assists.

Newberry completes the season awaiting news of a potential seed in the NCAA Southeast Regional. As of tonight they sit ninth place in the regional rankings.

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