March 05, 20161st2ndFinal
Newberry354681
Lincoln Memorial4956105
Stats at a GlanceNBYLMU
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)
Offensive Rebounds87
Defensive Rebounds2433
Total Rebounds3240
Turnovers1618
Steals86
Bench Points4821
LeadersNBYLMU
PointsXavier Holmes - 16
Jalen Steele - 30
ReboundsD.J. Copeland - 7
Dorian Pinson - 9
AssistsJames Stepp - 4
Luquon Choice - 6
StealsGerald Evans - 3
Curtis McMillion - 2
Luquon Choice - 2
BlocksEmanuel Terry - 4
Fifth-seed Newberry knocked from SAC Tournament with 105-81 semifinal loss to top-seeded LMU


Fifth-seed Newberry knocked from SAC Tournament with 105-81 semifinal loss to top-seeded LMU
Saturday, March 5, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

GREENVILLE - The fifth-seeded Newberry Wolves entered Saturday's South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinal with confidence an momentum. Unfortunately for the scarlet and gray, a perfect storm of injury and hot shooting by the No. 2 team in the country saw the Wolves' season come to an end with a 105-81 loss to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at Furman's Timmons Arena.

With the loss, Newberry's season comes to a close with an 18-12 overall record and the Wolves' third consecutive appearance in the SAC Tournament semifinals.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • For the third time this season against Newberry, LMU shot the lights out. The Railsplitters connected on 58.9 % (43-of-73) of their shots to run away with the win.
  • Xavier Holmes led the scarlet and gray with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
  • Brandon Taylor was the only other Newberry player in double figures, scoring 10 points with six rebounds and two assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Wolves suffered a major loss just 30 seconds into the game, as senior leader Mitch Riggs was injured and would not return to the game. Newberry wouldn't score until nearly three minutes into the contest and by the under-12 minute media timeout, LMU had raced out to a 17-9 lead.

The Wolves gamely hung around and narrowed the lead to 19-16 on a Xavier Hill three-pointer at the 9:14 mark, but a 9-2 Railsplitter run saw LMU take its first double figure lead of the game at 28-18 with 6:40 left in the first half.

In the second half, Newberry shot well, connecting on 50.0% of its shots. LMU, however, was even hotter. The 'Splitters made 61.5% of their shots, outscoring Newberry 56-46 in the period.

Newberry cut the lead back down to single digits at the 16:47 mark when a pair of Holmes free throws made it a 55-46 game, but LMU went on a 10-0 surge over the next two minutes to push ahead by 19.