|January 08, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TC||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.476 (30-63)||.500 (35-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.440 (11-25)||.441 (15-34)|
|FT Percentage||.720 (18-25)||.680 (17-25)|
- 19||Gerald Evans
- 7||D.J. Copeland
- 6||Marshall Lange
D.J. Copeland - 3
James Stepp - 3
- 3||Marshall Lange
Dansoh - 1
Xavier Hill - 1
NEWBERRY – Gerald Evans scored 27 points to lead five Newberry men’s basketball (9-4, 5-3 SAC) players in double figures as the Wolves extended their winning streak to four games with a 102-89 victory over Tusculum (6-7, 3-5 SAC) Sunday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.
Evans was hot from beyond the arc, knocking down seven-of-10 triples on the afternoon, en route to his 27 points. James Stepp notched 18 points and Marshall Lange added 13. D.J. Copeland kicked in 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Quaman Burton was the final Newberry player in double-figures as he chipped in 11.
Kendall Patterson scored a three for Tusculum on its opening possession, and it would be the Pioneers’ last lead of the day. Newberry ran out to a 19-9 lead midway through the first half.
Tusculum kept chipping away at the Newberry lead and pulled within four at 40-36 with 4:59 to play in the first half. The Wolves responded with a 14-6 spurt for a 54-42 advantage. The Wolves led 58-50 at halftime. Stepp led Newberry at the break with 16 points.
The Wolves continued their hot shooting, using a 12-3 run early in the second half to force a Tusculum timeout. The Pioneers responded with a 9-0 run of their own to cut the lead to single digits. Tusculum pulled within six at 70-64 with 15:01 remaining put would not pull any closer. Newberry took control of the game and led by as many as 19 points before winning by a final score of 102-89.
Newberry shot exactly 50.0 percent (35-for-70) from the floor, its highest percentage this season. Newberry’s defense forced 21 Tusculum turnovers to score 30 points. The Wolves also held the Pioneers to 36.1 percent (13-for-36) shooting in the second half.
Ronnie Baylark led Tusculum with 19 points. Brandon Dansoh chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
Newberry will host Coker (5-8, 2-5 SAC) Wednesday at Eleazer Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.