|December 17, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||LMU|
|FG Percentage||.446 (33-74)||.557 (39-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.426 (20-47)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.677 (21-31)||.607 (17-28)|
- 29||Trevon Shaw
- 7||Shea Coker
- 5||Luquon Choice
Jamaal Satisfield - 1
D.J. Copeland - 1
James Stepp - 1
Lamell Washington - 1
- 1||Shea Coker
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Gerald Evans scored a season-high 29 points to lead six Newberry men’s basketball players in double-figures as the Wolves upset No. 23 Lincoln Memorial 107-102 Saturday night at Tex Turner Arena.
Newberry snapped Lincoln Memorial’s 21-game winning streak at Tex Turner Arena. The Wolves also snapped LMU’s 19-game winning streak at Tex Turner Arena in the regular season.
This is Newberry’s first victory against the Railsplitters since Feb. 9, 2013, which was the last time Newberry defeated a ranked opponent. The win marks head coach Dave Davis’ 450th career victory.
Evans scored 29 points to lead all scorers, going 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Marshall Lange and James Stepp notched 15 points apiece. Lamell Washington collected a season-high 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. Mason Spease posted 11 points and D.J. Copeland chipped in 10.
Newberry got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 7-0 run capped off by Evans’ four-point play. The Wolves led 10-7 after five minutes of play. Lincoln Memorial then answered with a 6-0 run to take its first lead of the contest.
After a back-and-forth few minutes, Newberry used a 14-2 run to lead 39-28 with 7:04 remaining in the first half for its largest lead of the game. Washington notched an offensive rebound and Spease scored a jumper with 0:02 seconds remaining in the first period.
The Wolves led at the break 56-45. Newberry hit 11 three-point baskets in the frame. Evans led the Wolves with 11 points.
LMU cut the Newberry lead to within five, but the Wolves rattled off a quick 5-0 spurt to lead 66-56 early in the second half. The Railsplitters then went on a 13-2 run to pull ahead 69-68 with 11:35 remaining.
Lange then hit back-to-back triples to put Newberry ahead 74-71. Stepp hit a three to cap a 6-0 spurt to give the Wolves an 82-74 lead at the 9:07 mark. Lincoln Memorial would not go away quietly, and pulled within 83-80.
Evans then answered the call and hit back-to-back threes to extend Newberry’s lead to 90-83. The Railsplitters used a 10-3 run to tie the game at 93-93 with under three minutes to play. After the game was tied at 95-95, Stepp knocked down another three to put Newberry ahead 98-95.
Shea Coker answered for Lincoln Memorial to pull within one at 100-99 with 0:49 remaining. Evans was then fouled after a three-point shot to put the game out of reach as he made all three free throws.
Trevon Shaw scored 22 points off the bench to lead four Lincoln Memorial players in double-figures. Coker added 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Newberry held LMU to 31.8 percent (7-for-22) from beyond the arc. Lincoln Memorial was also shot just 60.8 percent from the free-throw line (17-for-28). The Wolves tied a season-high with 20 made three pointers. Newberry also had a season-low four turnovers in the contest.
The Wolves will have two weeks off before returning to South Atlantic Conference play against Lenoir-Rhyne (5-5, 4-2 SAC) on Jan. 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.