|November 19, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SWU-M||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.532 (33-62)||.477 (41-86)|
|3P FG Percentage||.520 (13-25)||.286 (12-42)|
|FT Percentage||.677 (21-31)||.833 (30-36)|
- 33||Musah Sackor
- 9||Mason Spease
- 10||James Stepp
D.J. Copeland - 6
- 3||Quaman Burton
Gerald Evans - 4
DJ Dobson - 2
NEWBERRY – Musah Sackor poured in a season-high 34 points to lead six players in double-figures as the Newberry College men’s basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan 124-100 Saturday night at Eleazer Arena for the Newberry Invitational. Newberry goes 2-0 in its home Invitational for the second consecutive season.
Sackor scored 34 points, going 14-for-19 from the floor. D.J. Copeland notched a career-high 22 points and Quaman Burton netted 18 points. Gerald Evans and Luke Gibson each had 13 points. Mason Spease turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors took an early 13-8 lead over Newberry (3-1). SWU (1-3) extended its lead to 10 after five minutes of play. A Copeland layup capped a 12-4 Newberry run that pulled the Wolves within two. Just over a minute later, Burton’s tip-in tied the game at 30-30 with 10:26 remaining in the first half. Only a minute and a half later, Sackor gave Newberry its first lead since the opening minutes after sinking two free throws.
After a back and forth few possessions, Southern Wesleyan tied the game at 40-40. Newberry took a 63-59 lead at the half. Sackor led Newberry with 19 points at the break. The Wolves shot 48.8 percent from the floor in the period.
The teams traded baskets to begin the second half. Newberry used a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 92-77 after seven minutes of play. SWU attempted a rally and pulled within 109-90. Newberry then slammed the door shut and led by a game-high 29 points with 3:02 remaining. The Wolves went on to win by a score of 124-100. The last time Newberry scored 120 or more points in regulation was against Allen on Dec. 1, 2015.
Newberry dished out 27 assists as a team, its highest total this season. The Wolves shot 47.7 percent (41-for-86) from the floor, compared to SWU’s (33-for-62) 53.2 percent. Newberry also was 30-for-36 (83.3 percent) from the line in the contest. The Wolves also cashed in 38 points off turnovers.
Darius Sharpe had 33 points for Southern Wesleyan. DJ Dobson notched 13 points and Jeremy Wert chipped in 12.
Newberry opens up South Atlantic Conference play Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. against Queens (4-0, 0-0 SAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.