February 13, 20161st2ndFinal
Newberry336497
Lincoln Memorial5453107
Stats at a GlanceNBYLMU
FG Percentage.493 (35-71) .494 (38-77)
3P FG Percentage.609 (14-23) .450 (18-40)
FT Percentage.765 (13-17) .867 (13-15)
Offensive Rebounds916
Defensive Rebounds2427
Total Rebounds3343
Turnovers1111
Steals24
Bench Points5027
LeadersNBYLMU
PointsMitch Riggs - 20
Gerel Simmons - 32
Luquon Choice - 32
ReboundsTEAM - 8
Dorian Pinson - 8
AssistsGerald Evans - 7
Gerel Simmons - 7
Dorian Pinson - 7
StealsXavier Hill - 1
Xavier Holmes - 1
Luquon Choice - 2
BlocksJames Ashby - 2
Emanuel Terry - 8
Second half comeback falls short in Wolves' 107-97 loss at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial


Second half comeback falls short in Wolves' 107-97 loss at No. 4 Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, February 13, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry Wolves charged back from a 23-point deficit late in the first half, cutting the lead to only five points in the final six minutes, but the comeback ultimately fell short in a 107-97 loss to No. 4 Lincoln Memorial at Tex Turner Arena on Sunday.

The loss snaps a four-game Newberry winning streak and puts the Wolves' record at 15-9 overall and 10-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. LMU moves to 22-2 overall and 18-0 in league play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Mitch Riggs led the Wolves with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He was one of four Wolves in double figure scoring.
  • Xavier Holmes scored 16 points and Gerald Evans and Ronell Crockett each netted 14. Evans also added seven assists.
  • The Wolves once again fell victim to a Railsplitter who was simply on fire from the perimeter, as Luquon Choice was 10-of-19 from three-point land on the way to 32 points, six assists and four rebounds.
  • Choice was tied for high point honors with Gerel Simmons, who had 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
  • The teams combined to make more three-pointers than free throws, as LMU made 18 long-distance baskets and Newberry had 14.
    • Newberry shot 60.9% from three-point land.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Newberry scored the first five points of the game as the Railsplitters missed their first five shots before going on a torrid run. LMU made five straight shots as part of an 18-3 run to put the hosts up 18-8 just five minutes into the contest.

The Wolves trailed 25-18 with 10:10 remaining in the opening half before another 'Splitter surge. The hosts outscored Newberry 14-3 over the next four minutes thanks to four three-pointers, pushing the advantage to 39-21 at the 5:52 mark. LMU would lead by as many as 23 in the final minute of the half before taking a 54-33 lead into the halftime locker room.

Newberry used the three ball to their advantage in the early second half to work back into the game. The Wolves' first five made baskets of the second period were three-pointers, with a James Stepp triple at the 16:53 mark making it an 11-point deficit at 59-48.

The game see-sawed back and forth from there, and a five-point mini-run with a Riggs layup and Crockett three-pointer cut the lead to 82-77 with just over six minutes to play.

From there, LMU took back over, pushing the lead to as many as 16. Newberry scored the final six points of the game and made its last five buckets in a row, but could not push to a victory.

UP NEXT

The Wolves stay on the road to take on Lutheran rival Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C., on Wednesday, February 17. Newberry and Lenoir-Rhyne engaged in an epic battle earlier in the season, with the Wolves taking a 133-122 overtime win, setting a Division II record with 28 points in the overtime period.