|January 25, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||QUEENS||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.500 (30-60)||.375 (27-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.423 (11-26)||.367 (18-49)|
|FT Percentage||.643 (18-28)||.667 (12-18)|
- 18||Marshall Lange
- 12||Musah Sackor
D.J. Copeland - 4
Jamaal Satisfield - 4
Sikander Nielsen - 4
Gerald Evans - 4
Quaman Burton - 4
Lamell Washington - 4
- 6||Quaman Burton
- 2||James Stepp
- 2||D.J. Copeland
Jamaal Satisfield - 1
Christopher Camper - 1
NEWBERRY – The Newberry men’s basketball team (12-7, 7-6 SAC) gave No. 8 Queens University of Charlotte (18-1, 12-1 SAC) all it could handle, but South Atlantic Conference-leading Royals pulled away late for an 89-84 victory Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena that was in doubt until the final moments.
Newberry came out firing in the first half, building a sizeable lead over the Royals as the half wound down. Newberry's 14-5 run, punctuated with three-point field goals from Gerald Evans and Marshall Lange, extended the Wolves' lead to 32-23 with 5:13 to play before the intermission.
Evans and Lange then hit back-to-back threes to send Eleazer Arena crowd of 1,067 into a frenzy, giving Newberry its largest lead of the evening. The Wolves maintained their advantage, leading 41-31 at the break.
Queens started quickly out of the gates in the second half, but Newberry weathered the storm. The contest featured a pair of ties and nine lead changes in the second half alone as the teams battled back and forth in a seesaw affair. Newberry would not go away quietly, as James Stepp and Quaman Burton connected on consecutive possessions for a 72-71 lead as the clock ticked below five minutes to play.
After a Queens basket, Mason Spease connected from deep to put the Wolves back in front, 75-73. However, the Royals made one final run, knocking down each of their seven shots over the final 5:44 to keep Newberry at arm's length.
Burton banked home a layup to pull Newberry within three at 87-84 with 0:06 remaining, but Queens made its free throws for the 89-84 victory.
Newberry had four players finish in double-figures as Lange led the way with 18 points. Evans scored 15 points and dished out three assists. Stepp and Burton chipped in 12 points apiece. The Wolves crashed the boards hard as a team, as seven Newberry players finished with four rebounds.
The Royals shot 72.4 percent from the floor (21-for-29) in the second half and had five players finish in double-figures.
Newberry played tight team defense that held Queens to just 9-for-31 (29.1 percent) from the field in the first half. The Wolves forced 23 turnovers, a season-high for the eighth-ranked team in the nation. The Scarlet and Gray tallied 17 assists on 27 made field goals in the contest.
Newberry will face Anderson (8-11, 6-7 SAC) on Saturday at Eleazer Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. The Trojans defeated the Wolves 104-93 earlier this season on Dec. 10.