|February 24, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||COKER||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.397 (25-63)||.574 (31-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.240 (6-25)||.560 (14-25)|
|FT Percentage||.722 (13-18)||.759 (22-29)|
- 17||Mitch Riggs
- 7||D.J. Copeland
- 3||D.J. Copeland
Donte Samuels - 4
- 3||Brandon Taylor
Xavier Holmes - 1
NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves rolled to a 98-69 victory over the Coker Cobras in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday thanks to strong shooting performances in every category.
Newberry moves to 17-10 overall and 12-9 in the South Atlantic Conference heading into Saturday’s 4 p.m. regular season finale at Brevard. Coker is now 9-16 overall and 5-16 in the league.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Mitch Riggs scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range.
- Xavier Holmes scored 14 points and James Stepp netted 13, as 13 of 14 Wolves in uniform scored in the game.
- Newberry shot 57.4% (31-of-54) from the field, including 68.0% (17-of-25) in the second half.
- The Wolves also connected on 14-of-25 three-point attempts for a 56.0% percentage from long range.
- The excellent shooting night was rounded off by a 75.9% (22-of-29) free throw percentage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Newberry took a few minutes to find their shooting stroke, as Coker led 7-6 with five minutes gone. A breakaway layup by Mason Spease put Newberry up 10-7 to start the Wolves’ roll. The first double digit lead came after back-to-back three-pointers by Spease and Stepp, with the second shot making it a 24-14 lead with 11:34 left in the first half.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the half, with one of Riggs’ three triples on the night giving Newberry its largest lead of the half at 42-28 inside a minute and a half to go in the period.
Coker hung around early in the second half, trailing by 11 at the 16:51 mark before a 9-0 Newberry surge. A layup by Gerald Evans, another lay-in by Ronell Crockett, two free throws and a three-point play by Crockett pushed the lead to 20 points at the 14:07 mark.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Crockett and Riggs put the result in little doubt, as the Wolves led 64-39 with 12:16 to play.
Senior James Ashby made a pair of triples on consecutive possessions and gave the Wolves an 82-54 advantage with six and a half minutes remaining. That lead would be the Wolves’ largest until the reserves made their appearance in the final two minutes. Matthew Spears made a layup, Dhonte Ford canned a three-pointer and a Jamaal Satisfield layup as the end of the game neared put the largest lead of the game on the board as the clock hit zeroes.