|January 30, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||AUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.500 (35-70)||.456 (31-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.471 (16-34)||.345 (10-29)|
|FT Percentage||.621 (18-29)||.667 (10-15)|
Greisen - 3
Davis - 3
Shaw - 1
Greisen - 1
Boynton - 1
Davis - 1
ANDERSON - The Newberry Wolves used an early second half surge to extend a halftime lead and cruise to a 104-82 win over the Anderson Trojans on Saturday in the Abney Athletic Center.
Newberry moves to 12-8 overall and 7-7 in the South Atlantic Conference with the win. This is the first time the Wolves have pulled off the season sweep since the Trojans joined the conference and the first win at Anderson for the scarlet and gray since the fall of 2006.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Newberry had five players score in double figures, led by Brandon Taylor, who scored 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field – including making 4-of-5 three-pointers. He was also a perfect 7-of-7 on free throw attempts and grabbed six rebounds.
- Ronell Crockett – who is a native of Anderson and T.L. Hanna HS graduate and was coached at Spartanburg Methodist College by current Anderson head coach Jeff Brookman – scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out a team-best four assists in the return to his hometown.
- Xavier Holmes scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, Mason Spease scored 14 points with six boards and Mitch Riggs notched 12 points.
- The Wolves led by as many as 31 points in the contest and never trailed by more than two.
- Newberry shot 50 percent from the field (35-of-70), making 16-of-34 (47.1%) of its three-point attempts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Wolves and Trojans traded scoring chances early in the game, with Newberry pulling away first on a Riggs three-pointer and Taylor three-point play to put the scarlet and gray on top 15-9 with 13:53 left in the first half.
Anderson made five of its next six shots – all from long distance – taking a 24-23 lead with 10:51 left in the half. That would be the hosts’ final lead of the contest.
Newberry regained the lead on a Crockett fast break layup with 9:52 to go. Anderson hit a pair of triples to tie the game at 30-all with 6:28 to go in the half before the Wolves charged away.
Crockett and Taylor combined for a 9-0 surge over just 1:39 of game time to put Newberry on top 39-30. A triple by James Ashby at the 3:26 mark gave the Wolves their first double digit lead of the afternoon at 42-32.
Newberry hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minute and a half to take a 50-38 lead into the locker room.
Spease nailed a trey on the first shot of the second half but the Wolves didn’t truly pull away until another Taylor three-pointer at the 14:57 mark pushed the lead to 20 for the first time at 67-47.
Threes from Taylor and Spease put the lead at 75-50 with 12:47 to go, kicking off a 16-2 run that ended on a Holmes three-point play at the 10:17 mark. The foul shot pushed Newberry’s lead above 30 at 83-52.
It was purely academic from there, as Anderson was unable to get the lead back under 20 until the final 41 seconds of the game.
The Wolves return home for a three-game homestand, starting with the Wingate Bulldogs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. The Bulldogs edged the Wolves in the first meeting this season, 89-86, in December.