|February 20, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TCM||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.588 (40-68)||.459 (34-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.538 (14-26)||.390 (16-41)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.839 (26-31)|
- 17||Gerald Evans
- 7||Brandon Taylor
Gerald Evans - 5
- 6||Mitch Riggs
- 3||Brandon Taylor
Xavier Hill - 3
Brown - 1
NEWBERRY - Six Wolves scored in double digits as the Newberry men's basketball team avenged a loss from earlier this year with a 110-101 Senior Day win over the visiting Tusculum Pioneers on Saturday.
With the win, Newberry is now 16-10 overall and 11-9 in the South Atlantic Conference with two games remaining in the regular season. Tusculum falls to 11-14 overall and 7-13 in the league.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Newberry quite simply won the game at the foul line. Tusculum shot well from the field and made six more field goals than the Wolves, but the scarlet and gray had 20 more free throw attempts.
- The Pioneers made 40 field goals - including 14 three-pointers - with a 58.8% overall shooting percentage and a 53.8% three-point percentage.
- Newberry made 34-of-74 shots from the field (45.9%) with 16 three-pointers for a 39.0% long-distance percentage.
- The Wolves made 26-of-31 free throws (83.9%), while Tusculum made 7-of-11 free throws (63.6%).
- Newberry committed only 17 fouls in the game, while Tusculum was called for 26 fouls.
- Gerald Evans led all scorers with 23 points and tied for the team high with five rebounds.
- Brandon Taylor had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Mitch Riggs scored 14 points and dished out four assists.
- Ronell Crockett netted 13 points, Xavier Hill scored 12 markers and James Stepp was good for 10 points.
- Tusculum also had six doube digit scorers, led by 17 points from Javon Price.
HOW IT HAPPENED
With 10 ties and nine lead changes, the game was an exciting one throughout for the Senior Day crowd. The Pioneers went on an 11-0 run over a two minute span early in the first half to charge out to a 10-point lead at 17-7 on a fastbreak three-pointer by Vincent Brown. The Wolves responded with consecutive triples from Stepp and Evans but the guests kept Newberry at arm's length until the latter stages of the half.
Taylor made back-to-back treys for a personal 6-0 run to tie the game at 44-all with just under three minutes left in the half. Newberry would grab a two-point lead three times in the closing minutes of the half, but two late free throws would see the Pioneers tie the game for a 50-all scoreline headed to the locker room.
TC shot 66.7% (20-of-30) in the first half, but nine Newberry three-pointers and an 11-4 edge at the charity stripe for the scarlet and gray ensure the tie score at that point.
The first eight minutes of the second half were tightly played, as neither squad was able to lead by more than two possessions until a 7-0 Newberry run. A Crockett layup, a pair of Ashby free throws and a Mason Spease three-pointer pushed the Wolves' lead to 82-73 at the 10:18 mark.
That surge continued and Newberry's first double digit lead of the day came on Hill's fastbreak layup to make it 86-75 with nine minutes left on the second half timer. The Wolves kept their foot on the gas and Crockett's jumper in the paint with 6:40 to go made it a 95-80 score - a margin the Pioneers stood no chance to recover from.
The Pioneers were forced to take outside shots and foul to try and get back into the game, but the Wolves' great day at the free throw line kept the guests on the losing end of the scoreline without doubt for the rest of the evening. Newberry made only one field goal in the final five minutes of play, but never saw their margin shrink to less than seven points.
The Wolves' regular season home finale comes on Wednesday, February 24, when Newberry hosts Coker for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The regular season finale is on Saturday, February 27, at Brevard.