February 10, 20161st2ndFinal
Catawba404181
Newberry444993
Stats at a GlanceCATMNBY
FG Percentage.413 (33-80) .449 (31-69)
3P FG Percentage.231 (6-26) .391 (9-23)
FT Percentage.750 (9-12) .786 (22-28)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds2634
Total Rebounds3647
Turnovers1516
Steals97
Bench Points2949
LeadersCATMNBY
PointsJameel Taylor - 22
Xavier Holmes - 14
ReboundsJulian Sampah - 7
Brandon Taylor - 7
AssistsJameel Taylor - 5
Gerald Evans - 7
StealsAndrew Ingram - 4
Gerald Evans - 3
BlocksAndrew Ingram - 2
Jerrin Morrison - 2
Xavier Holmes - 4
Second half surge pushes Newberry to 93-81 win over Catawba


Second half surge pushes Newberry to 93-81 win over Catawba
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – A surge in the middle of the second half blew open a close game Wednesday, as the Newberry Wolves picked up their fourth straight win with a 93-81 victory over visiting Catawba College.

With the win, the Wolves move to 15-8 overall and 10-7 in the South Atlantic Conference entering a road game at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial this Saturday. Catawba falls to 10-13 overall and 8-9 in conference play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Newberry had five players score in double figures, led by 14 points from Xavier Holmes. He also added six rebounds and four blocks.
  • The trio of D.J. Copeland, Mitch Riggs and James Stepp scored 13 points apiece. Stepp added five rebounds to his tally, while Riggs and Copeland each snagged four boards.
  • Brandon Taylor scored 12 points with a game-high seven rebounds.
  • Gerald Evans had nine points, seven assists, three stals and two rebounds to only two turnovers. Ronell Crockett also added nine points.
  • Newberry shot 44.9% for the contest, with a distinct difference in the two halves.
    • The Wolves led 44-40 at the half after shooting 37.8% from the field.
    • Newberry bumped its rate up to 53.1% in the second half to pull away.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Catawba started the night shooting far better than the Wolves in the opening five minutes. The guests led 11-6 at the 15:28 mark after a 6-0 run. They would push that lead to as many as seven before the Wolves reversed their fortunes.

A 13-4 Newberry run put the Wolves back on top after a triple and a fastbreak layup by Copeland made it 23-21 at the 6:28 mark. A Mason Spease three-pointer at the 1:42 mark gave Newberry its largest lead of the half at 41-34 but Catawba would chop that down to a single point in the final minute before a Taylor three made it a 44-40 halftime lead.

It took five almost five minutes into the second half for the Wolves to truly pull away, but Riggs and Crockett made sure the surge was a large one. Newberry led 57-51 with 15:32 to go in the game. Crockett hit a free throw and a layup before a Riggs personal 7-0 run. His free throws at the 13:29 mark put Newberry up 67-51.

The visitors battled for the rest of the night, but could only get the margin back down to single digits for a few seconds. Newberry's largest lead of the night came at the 9:37 mark when Holmes threw down a thunderous dunk on the alley-oop pass from Evans.