January 08, 20171st2ndFinal
Tusculum503989
Newberry5844102
Stats at a GlanceTCNBY
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)
Offensive Rebounds811
Defensive Rebounds2526
Total Rebounds3337
Turnovers2318
Steals914
Bench Points5762
LeadersTCNBY
PointsBaylark - 19
Gerald Evans - 27
ReboundsDansoh - 7
D.J. Copeland - 7
AssistsBlevins - 6
Marshall Lange - 3
D.J. Copeland - 3
James Stepp - 3
StealsPatterson - 3
Marshall Lange - 4
BlocksDavis - 1
Dansoh - 1
Musah Sackor - 1
Xavier Hill - 1
Newberry Runs Through Tusculum for Fourth Straight Win


Newberry Runs Through Tusculum for Fourth Straight Win
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRYGerald 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.