|March 05, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||LMU|
|FG Percentage||.449 (31-69)||.589 (43-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.304 (7-23)||.433 (13-30)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.750 (6-8)|
- 16||Jalen Steele
- 7||Dorian Pinson
- 4||Luquon Choice
- 3||Curtis McMillion
Luquon Choice - 2
NEWBERRY - The fifth-seeded Newberry Wolves will hope the third time is a charm, as they take on top-seeded Lincoln Memorial University's Railsplitters in the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Saturday.
WHO: No. 5 seed Newberry College vs. No. 1 seed Lincoln Memorial University
WHERE: Furman University's Timmons Arena in Greenville
WHEN: Approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
RECORDS: Newberry is 18-11 overall and finished 12-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lincoln Memorial is 27-2 overall and went 22-0 in SAC play.
LIVE STATS: http://sidearmstats.com/lmu/mbball/
LIVE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYpmxoqyCqc
LIVE AUDIO: www.NewberryWolves.TV and live over the air in Newberry County on WKDK-AM 1240
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
- Lincoln Memorial is the first time beside Newberry to lead the conference in scoring since Dave Davis began coaching at Newberry.
- LMU leads the conference and is second in the nation in scoring at 96.1 points per game.
- Newberry is second in the conference and third nationally in scoring at 94.9 points per game.
TRENDS IN TOURNAMENT
- LMU has been in the league for nine years and has made the semifinals in the last six.
- The Railsplitters have made the finals in four of the last five seasons. They won in 2011 and 2014.
- This is Newberry's fourth semifinal appearance in the last five years.
- The two teams met in the semifinals in Greenville in 2014, with LMU winning 97-76.
STOP THE SHOOTER
- Newberry has lost twice to LMU already this season, with a Railsplitter simply catching fire from the outside in each game.
- In the 115-94 loss in December, Jalen Steele scored 40 points, making 10-of-12 three-pointers.
- In the 107-97 loss in February, it was Luquon Choice with 32 points on 10-of-19 triples.
GAME ONE: No. 13 Lincoln Memorial 115, Newberry 94 in Newberry
- Newberry's charge back in the second half was not enough in a loss to LMU.
- Newberry shot 39.8% from the field and season best 84.2% at the charity stripe.
- Xavier Holmes picked up his fourth double-double in four games going 7-16 from the field giving him 15 points and 11 rebounds.
- Brandon Taylor notched 14 points, four rebounds and four assists while Ronell Crockettfinished with 11 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assists.
- The Wolves tallied 39 rebounds, 16 assists, 10 steals against the Railsplitters.
- The Railspliiters shot 65.7% from the field while going 18-28 from three point land giving them a 64.3 percentage.Jalen Steele finished with 40 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in the win.
GAME TWO: No. 4 Lincoln Memorial 107, Newberry 97 in Harrogate
- Newberry 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.
- The loss snapped a four-game Newberry winning streak.
- 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.