February 03, 20161st2ndFinal
Wingate344276
Newberry434184
Stats at a GlanceWUNBY
FG Percentage.348 (24-69) .469 (23-49)
3P FG Percentage.258 (8-31) .400 (8-20)
FT Percentage.645 (20-31) .750 (30-40)
Offensive Rebounds154
Defensive Rebounds2732
Total Rebounds4236
Turnovers1917
Steals78
Bench Points3036
LeadersWUNBY
PointsCureton - 12
Dominguez - 12
Xavier Holmes - 18
ReboundsCureton - 11
Xavier Holmes - 8
AssistsCureton - 2
Farley - 2
Griffin - 2
Lolar - 2
Gerald Evans - 4
StealsGriffin - 3
Mason Spease - 3
BlocksGriffin - 4
Xavier Holmes - 3
Newberry charges to 84-76 win over Wingate


Newberry charges to 84-76 win over Wingate
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves led by as many as 26 points on the way to an 84-76 win over the visiting Wingate Bulldogs in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.

Newberry moves to 13-8 overall and 8-7 in the South Atlantic Conference, snapping an eight-game Wingate winning streak. The Bulldogs fall to 15-5 overall and 11-3 in the league.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Xavier Holmes led the Wolves in scoring with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and making 8-of-14 free throws. He also added eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
  • He led five Wolves in double figures as Mitch Riggs scored 12 points, Brandon Taylor scored 11 points and James Ashby and Gerald Evans netted 10 apiece.
  • In a foul-heavy game with 61 combined personal infractions called, Newberry took advantage of its opportunities at the charity stripe, making 30-of-40 free throws, compared to a 20-of-31 mark for the Bulldogs.
  • The Wolves forced 19 Wingate turnovers in the game.
  • Uncharacteristically, the Wolves had only four offensive rebounds in their 36 rebound total.

NOTES

  • The Wolves avenged a three-point loss to Wingate in December to salvage the season split.
  • The game was the first of a three-game homestand for Newberry.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The teams battled back and forth early, with neither squad able to pull ahead by more than two points until a 6-0 Wolves run with a Mason Spease layup putting Newberry up 14-9 with 14:12 left in the first half. The Bulldogs bit back with their own 7-0 run, taking a 19-17 lead on a Zeriq Lolar three-pointer at the 11:40 mark.

From a 23-all tie at the 8:35 mark, Newberry would go on a 9-0 run. Ashby's triple at the 4:31 mark put the Wolves up 32-23. A pair of Holmes free throws at the 1:30 mark gave the scarlet and gray their first double digit lead at 41-30 and Newberry would take a 43-34 advantage into the halftime locker room.

The entertaining first half featured two ties and six lead changes. Newberry shot 44.4% (12-of-27) from the floor with five three-pointers and made 14-of-16 free throws in the period. The Wolves actually allowed more baskets to the Bulldogs than they made - a 13 to 12 margin - but still led by nine at the break.

Just over two minutes into the second half, the Wolves had extended the lead to 14 points at 49-35 before Wingate cut it back to nine points. Newberry proceeded to hold their guests scoreless for nearly four minutes during an 11-0 run that saw the Wolves jump out to a 60-40 lead.

Evans' layup at the 11:15 mark gave the Wolves their largest lead of the night at 67-41, making for a fairly anticlimactic ending to the contest. Wingate was able to get back to within seven points in the final minute, but the margin was too large for the visitors to overcome.