February 27, 20161st2ndFinal
Newberry404282
Brevard533184
Stats at a GlanceNBYBC
FG Percentage.380 (27-71) .508 (33-65)
3P FG Percentage.300 (12-40) .333 (9-27)
FT Percentage.667 (16-24) .600 (9-15)
Offensive Rebounds118
Defensive Rebounds2936
Total Rebounds4044
Turnovers1627
Steals155
Bench Points3318
LeadersNBYBC
PointsGerald Evans - 14
Demarcus Threatt - 36
ReboundsBrandon Taylor - 9
Miles Leathers - 15
AssistsMitch Riggs - 4
D.J. Bostick - 6
StealsXavier Hill - 4
Miles Leathers - 2
BlocksXavier Holmes - 2
Miles Leathers - 2
Alex Moe - 2
Newberry edged by Brevard in regular season finale, 84-82


Newberry edged by Brevard in regular season finale, 84-82
Saturday, February 27, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

BREVARD, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves had a rough shooting day in an 84-82 loss to the Brevard Tornados in the regular season finale at Boshamer Gym on Saturday evening.

RECORDS AND TOURNAMENT MATCHUP

With the loss, the Wolves fall to 17-11 overall and 12-10 in South Atlantic Conference play. Brevard ends its season at 6-22 overall and 5-17 in the league.

Newberry earned the fifth seed in next week's South Atlantic Conference Tournament and will travel to fourth-seed Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday night for a quarterfinal matchup. The teams split their regular season games with Newberry winning a 133-122 overtime classic at home and dropping an 86-83 game in Hickory.

The Wolves and Carson-Newman tied in the conference standings with 12-10 records, with the Wolves earning the higher seed based on a win over Wingate.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Newberry shot only 38.0% from the field in the game (27-of-71), while Brevard connected on 50.8% (33-of-65) of its shots.
  • Brevard's Demarcus Threatt scored 36 points for the hosts.
  • Gerald Evans was the leading scorer for Newberry with 14 points, three assists and three steals.
  • Mitch Riggs and James Stepp each scored 12 points for the Wolves, while Brandon Taylor netted 11.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Wolves came out of the gates firing, scoring the first eight points of the game without missing a shot. THe lead stretched to 11 for the Wolves at 15-4 on a James Ashby three-pointer at the 14:38 mark.

Mason Spease triple at the 12:10 mark had the Wolves at a 20-10 lead before the shooting dropped off. Newberry missed five consecutive field goal attempts and a Threatt layup at the 8:43 mark tied the game up at 21-all. A five-minute drought from the field then put the Wolves in the hole as the hosts would stretch a lead to as many as 15 points before taking a 53-40 lead into the halftime locker room.

Brevard's lead stayed in double digits for the opening 10 minutes of the second half before a run of Tornados turnovers followed by Newberry triples got the scarlet and gray back into the contest. From a 68-55 Brevard lead at the 10:33 mark, Newberry scored the game's next 12 points on three-pointers from Evans (twice), Stepp and Ashby. 

A pair of Riggs free throws at the 4:42 mark tied the contest at 72-all, erasing the sizeable halftime deficit. Brevard would hold a two-point lead late in the game and a Riggs fastbreak jumper in the paint tied the game, but a long distance pass to Miles Leathers with 3.3 seconds left resulted in a Leathers layup and 84-82 BC win.