December 05, 20151st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYC-N
FG Percentage.411 (30-73) .571 (32-56)
3P FG Percentage.432 (16-37) .389 (7-18)
FT Percentage.556 (10-18) .929 (13-14)
Offensive Rebounds118
Defensive Rebounds1635
Total Rebounds2743
Bench Points3515
PointsGerald Evans - 24
ReboundsTEAM - 6
AssistsGerald Evans - 4
StealsGerald Evans - 7
BlocksJames Stepp - 1
Xavier Holmes - 1
Wolves charge back to take win at Carson-Newman

Wolves charge back to take win at Carson-Newman
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | by Cam Eggeman, Athletic Communications Assistant

JERFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Newberry Wolves pull out a late comeback win at Carson-Newman 86-84 for the first win in Holt Fieldhouse since February 18th, 2012.


Newberry moves to 6-2 on the year with the win over the Eagles and pick up first SAC win on the year.

Carson-Newman falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference.


  • Newberry shot 41.1% from the field going 30-73 and shot 43.2% from behind the arc making 16 of 37 shots.
  • The Wolves grabbed 27 rebounds to Carson-Newman’s 43 boards.
  • The Wolves tallied 12 assists and 13 steals to their 11 turnovers.
  • Mitch Riggs scored his 1000 career point on his first made basket of the game. Riggs finished with 11 points.
  • Gerald Evans held game high in points with 24 going 8-13 from the field, 5-9 from behind the arc, four assists and seven steals.
  • Xavier Holmes finished with 11 points and five rebounds while J. Copeland tallied 10 points.

What Mitch Riggs had to say about becoming a 1000 point scorer, “Scoring a 1000 points is a nice personal achievement and it wouldn't have happened without all of the coaches and great teammates I have had the privilege to play with over the years. More importantly the team just had a huge win over the raining SAC champs at their house which made it even better. I know this team is capable of anything and we won't stop working until we have a championship. Tonight was a great step towards that.”




Newberry was down early when Sawyer Williams made a layup to put the Eagles up 8-2 in the opening minutes. The Wolves came right back with a three from D.J. Copeland. Mitch Riggs was next with his three pointer that gave him 1001 career points to open the game. The Wolves took a 19-12 lead in the first half when Brandon Taylor hit a three pointer but the Eagles came right back down the floor and hit a three of their own. With 9:40 left in the first half the Wolves were down 23-21 after Mason Bates hit a three for the Eagles.

James Stepp came right back down the floor and hit a three for the Wolves to give Newberry a one point lead 24-23. The Wolves went on a four minute scoring drought until Mason Spease hit a three at 4:01 to make the score 36-30. The final minute of the half came around and Xavier Holmes made a layup to make the score 44-42 going into the break.


The second half started out with Mason Spease hitting a three to give the Wolves a 45-44 lead but Mason Bates came right back with a three of his own. Five minutes into the second half the Wolves were down 58-58 until Gerald Evans hit one from three point land to pull within five. Mitch Riggs hit a layup with 12:44 left in the game to cut the Eagles lead to three with the score at 60-57. About a minute later Gerald Evans made another three to pull the Wolves within two point’s right after a Sawyer Williams dunk. Xavier Holmes hit a layup with about 10 minutes remaining to give the Wolves a 63-62 lead.

With 8:08 left in the game, Evans made two free throws to tie the game up at 66. The Eagles would take the lead back with Sawyer Williams laid the ball in for two and then Zack Pangallo hit a jumper in the paint to go up 70-66. Under three minutes to go and Gerald Evans took complete control of the game for the Wolves. Evans made back to back layups to pull within two, 78-76. Then hit back to back three pointers to make the score 84-83 with 46 seconds left in the game.

The Eagles had three turnovers and one missed shot in the final 40 seconds. James Stepp and James Ashby each made a free throw to give the Wolves the 86-84 lead and the win.

Gerald Evans said “It's a 40 minute game and I wanted to win. Every possession was important and I wanted to make sure I made the right decision when the ball was in my hands. I took what the defense gave me and it became an easy game. Defensively I just gave everything I could, coach trusts me to defend the best perimeter player and so I hold myself to a high standard on that end of the floor.”


This is the first time Newberry has beaten Carson-Newman in the last seven matchups. The Wolves lost to the Eagles three times last year including an 82-72 loss in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.   



-   Newberry will travel to Wingate, N.C. on Tuesday to face off against the Bulldogs. Tip-off set for 6p.m.