|December 19, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMU||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.657 (44-67)||.398 (33-83)|
|3P FG Percentage||.643 (18-28)||.387 (12-31)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.842 (16-19)|
- 40||Xavier Holmes
- 9||Xavier Holmes
- 7||Gerald Evans
- 3||Ronell Crockett
- 3||Amp Moore
NEWBERRY – Newberry Wolves fall to No.13 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters despite a late charge in the second half 115-94 Saturday afternoon in Eleazer Arena.
Newberry falls to 8-4 overall while dropping to .500 (3-3) in conference play. The Railsplitters move to 10-1 on the year and 6-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Newberry shot 39.8% from the field and season best 84.2% at the charity stripe.
- Xavier Holmes picked up his fourth double-double in four games going 7-16 from the field giving him 15 points and 11 rebounds.
- Brandon Taylor notched 14 points, four rebounds and four assists while Ronell Crockett finished with 11 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assists.
- The Wolves tallied 39 rebounds, 16 assists, 10 steals against the Railsplitters.
- The Railspliiters shot 65.7% from the field while going 18-28 from three point land giving them a 64.3 percentage.
- Jalen Steele finished with 40 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The opening five minutes were close for the Wolves as Curtic McMillion hit a free throw to put the Railsplitters up by two (12-10). Newberry took the lead when freshman Amp Moore hit a three to go up 15-14. Curtis McMillion hit a fast break layup just 10 seconds later to give the Railsplitters the lead right back.
The Railsplitters never looked back in the first half as they went up big with nine minutes left in the half (40-23). Xavier Holmes hit a jump shot to close the gap but LMU came right back down the floor to hit a layup of their own.
With five minutes to go in the half Jalen Steele hit a three to put the Railsplitters up by 20. The Wolves would try to close out the half with a three from Gerald Evans but Curtis Webb hit one of his own with eight seconds on the clock. At the end of the first half the Railsplitters lead the Wolves 67-46.
The Railsplitters opened the second half with a quick layup from Curtis McMillion to go up by 23 but Brandon Taylor didn’t let that last long as he made a layup of his own 30 seconds later.
Lincoln Memorial went back up by 20 when Gerel Simmons made his first basket. Newberry picked up the defensive pressure and cut the gap when Amp Moore hit a three to make the score 75-58.
Mason Spease joined the action with a three of his own followed by a layup from Gerald Evans to make the score 78-63.
Eleazer Arena erupted when Xavier Holmes slammed a one handed jam down to cut the lead to 12 with 9:48 remaining in the game. Amp Moore then hit a layup to cut the gap to 10 about a minute later.
The Railsplitters pushed the lead back to 12 when Curtis Webb made back to back free throws. James Stepp got into the action with a three of his own to make the score 88-81. Jalen Steele took over the game as he hit back to back threes to push the Railsplitters lead to 13 (94-81).
Luquon Choice hit another three for Lincoln Memorial with five minutes left in the game which quieted the arena back down. Jalen Steele hit his 12th three of the game to put the Railsplitters up 105-86.
Mitch Riggs tried to bring the Wolves back into the game with a three of his own but Newberry fell short with a final score of 115-94.
UP NEXT FOR THE WOLVES
- Newberry will host Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday Jan. 16th. Tip-off set for 8 p.m.