|December 10, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||AUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.425 (31-73)||.607 (37-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.372 (16-43)||.538 (14-26)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.667 (16-24)|
D.J. Copeland - 2
Mason Spease - 2
Luke Gibson - 2
Bouton - 3
ANDERSON – D.J. Copeland scored 20 points to lead five Newberry men’s basketball (5-4, 1-3 SAC) players in double-figures as the Wolves’ comeback effort fell just short in a 104-93 defeat to Anderson (4-5, 2-1 SAC) Saturday night at the Abney Center.
Copeland scored 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Mason Spease notched 16 points and Rob Valentine added 15. Gerald Evans poured in 13 points and James Stepp chipped in 10. Lamell Washington collected a team-high six rebounds in his Newberry debut.
Jeremy Bouton scored on the opening possession for Anderson and Newberry never led in the contest. The Trojans ran out to a 15-7 lead early on before Nebwerry pulled within two after back-to-back threes. Anderson led midway through the first half, 33-21.
The Trojans continued their hot shooting, leading Newberry 62-42 at halftime after shooting 73.3 percent (22-for-30). Valentine led Newberry with nine points.
Neither team could find the basket at the beginning of the second half, as the two teams combined for just three field goals in the first four minutes. Newberry started its comeback attempt midway through the period. Copeland’s three pointer pulled the Wolves within 11 at 77-66 with 9:22 to play. Newberry continued to hang around and would not led Anderson pull away.
Spease’s three from the corner cut the deficit to single digits at 89-82 with four minutes remaining. The two teams traded buckets, and after Spease’s layup, Copeland stole the in-bounds pass and scored to pull the Wolves within four at 94-90 with 2:13 remaining. Anderson would score two quick layups to extend the lead to eight and put Newberry away at the free-throw line for the 104-93 final.
Christian Jeffords scored a career-high 37 points on 12-for-13 shooting to lead Anderson. Carlos Dotson posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Randall Shaw also scored 20 points for the Trojans.
Newberry scored 28 points off 21 Anderson turnovers. The Trojans shot 60.7 percent (37-for-61) from the floor, compared to 42.5 percent (31-for-73) for the Wolves.
Newberry will return home to Eleazer Arena for the final home contest of 2016 to face-off against Mars Hill (3-5, 1-2 SAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.