January 20, 20161st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYCATM
FG Percentage.443 (31-70) .444 (32-72)
3P FG Percentage.395 (17-43) .259 (7-27)
FT Percentage.731 (19-26) .765 (13-17)
Offensive Rebounds1314
Defensive Rebounds2832
Total Rebounds4146
Bench Points5943
PointsMitch Riggs - 19
Jerrin Morrison - 29
ReboundsBrandon Taylor - 7
Ronell Crockett - 7
Jerrin Morrison - 12
AssistsGerald Evans - 6
Jameel Taylor - 2
Jordan Barber - 2
StealsRonell Crockett - 3
Rakeen Brown - 5
BlocksBrandon Taylor - 2
Jerrin Morrison - 3
Wolves storm past Catawba

Wolves storm past Catawba
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | by Cam Eggeman, Athletic Communications Assistant

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves had six players in double digit points as the Wolves rolled past Catawba at Goodman Gym Wednesday night by a score of 98-84

Newberry moves to 11-6 on the year while moving to 6-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. Catawba falls to 7-10 overall and 5-6 in the SAC.


  • Newberry shot 44.3% from the field, 39.5% from three point land and 73.1% at the charity stripe.
  • Newberry added to their nation leading forced turnovers with 18 against the Indians.
  • The Wolves had six players in double digit points, Xavier Holmes (12), James Stepp (16), Ronell Crockett (10), Brandon Taylor (11), Mitch Riggs (19), DJ Copeland (11).
  • Mitch Riggs finished 6-12 from the field and 4-4 at the line while James Stepp finished 5-10 from the field and 5-8 from three point land.
  • Gerald Evans tallied six assists in his first game back off an injury.
  • Ronell Crockett tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and 4 assists to go along with three steals.



Newberry scored first with a layup from Xavier Holmes followed by a quick three pointer by James Stepp. James Ashby hit a jumper in the paint, again followed by a quick three by Mitch Riggs to put Newberry up 10-0 in the opening two and a half minutes.

Catawba got on the board with a dunk by Julian Sampah, Jameel Taylor then hit a layup after a three pointer from Xavier Hill. Newberry was holding on to a 13-4 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half.

The Wolves took a commanding 20-6 lead with a Ronell Crockett 15 foot jump shot followed by a Mitch Riggs jumper in the paint. Newberry never let up as another three pointer by Mitch Riggs put the Wolves up 28-12.

Catawba battled back with back to back shots by Jerrin Morrison to cut the lead to 39-21 and then, back to back free throws by Morrison as well.

Newberry closed out the half with a three pointer by Brandon Taylor to take a 53-29 lead.


The Wolves opened up the second half with a couple free throws by Xavier Holmes. Catawba wouldn’t go away easily as Jameel Taylor made two free throws of his own. Newberry was holding on to their 24 point lead after a Ronell Crockett layup.

Three minutes into the second half, Mitch Riggs hit a three to make the score 60-35. Rakeen Brown came right back down the floor and hit a jumper of his own. Mason Spease got into the action with a three of his own to put the Wolves up 68-41.

Catawba won’t go away easily as Andrew Ingram hit a jumper to cut the lead to 28 points. After back and forth turnovers and steals, Julian Sampah hit a free throw and then Ronell Crockett hit a fast break layup to take a 73-44 lead.

DJ Copeland then notched a rebound followed by a quick three to put the Wolves up by 32 with 12 minutes left in the second half.

James Ashby hit a three after the media timeout to put the Wolves up by 35. Reggie Perkins came right back down the floor and hit a three of his own for Catawba. DJ Copeland hit a jumper for his eight point of the night to give the Wolves a 31 point lead.

James Stepp then hit a three followed by a couple DJ Copeland free throws to put the Wolves up 87-57.  Out of the media timeout, Catawba hit a layup to cut the lead to 28 plus the free throw after the Xavier Hill foul to make the score to 87-60.

Catawba is still cutting into the lead after back to back free throws from Jerrin Morrison to cut the lead to 22. Mitch Riggs hit two free throws to go back up by 24.

With about five minutes remaining, Rakeen Brown hit a jumper to cut the lead back to 22 and then another layup to cut it to 20. Newberry still leads 92-72.

The Indians kept battling back as Jerrin Morrison hit a fastbreak three pointer to cut the lead to 15 which forced Newberry to talk it over with a 30 second timeout. James Ashyby hit a layup out of the timeout to put Newberry back up by 17 followed by a free throw to go back up 18 points with a minute remaining.

Jamaal Satisfield got into the action late in the game with a quick rebound and layup to go back up by 20 points with 30 seconds left.

Newberry kept Catawba from cutting the lead to 10 as the Wolves went on to win 98-84



  • Newberry welcomes Carson-Newman into town on Saturday, Jan. 23rd. Tip-off set for 4 p.m. at Eleazer Arena.