February 01, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYWU
FG Percentage.389 (28-72) .456 (26-57)
3P FG Percentage.192 (5-26) .273 (6-22)
FT Percentage.667 (16-24) .794 (27-34)
Offensive Rebounds1712
Defensive Rebounds2430
Total Rebounds4142
Bench Points3220
PointsJames Stepp - 16
Dominguez - 19
ReboundsMason Spease - 6
Xavier Hill - 6
Baez - 13
AssistsGerald Evans - 5
Cureton - 3
StealsJames Stepp - 3
Wilkerson - 3
BlocksMcCall - 4
Wingate Pulls Away from Newberry for Series Split

Wingate Pulls Away from Newberry for Series Split
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

WINGATE, N.C. -  It was a back and forth affair, but Wingate (14-7, 11-4 SAC) pulled away from the Newberry (12-9, 7-8 SAC) men’s basketball team as the Wolves fell just short in an 85-77 defeat on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.

The contest featured nine ties and 15 lead changes. Wingate has won 11 contests in a row after starting the season 3-7.

James Stepp scored 16 points to lead three Newberry players in double-figures. Marshall Lange and Mason Spease chipped in 12 points apiece. Gerald Evans dished out five assists and Spease pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

Wingate went on an early 8-0 run to lead 11-4. Lamell Washington stood in to take a hard charge, giving some momentum to the Wolves. Newberry answered with a 10-0 run, capped off by Evans’ three-point basket. The Wolves then led 20-15 for its largest lead of the evening. Wingate was held scoreless from the field for nearly seven minutes in the first half.

The Bulldogs scored a basket with 0:06 seconds remaining in the half to lead 35-34 at the break. There were seven ties and 11 lead changes in the first half.

The Wolves used a tenacious defense to force 17 first-half turnovers by WU. Wingate only averages 14.1 turnovers per contest this season. Newberry shot 41.4 percent from the floor.    

Newberry remained within striking distance throughout the second half. Stepp hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 56-56 with 10:53 to play.

The Wolves capped off an 11-2 run to lead 60-56. Newberry then led 67-63 for its largest lead of the second half. Wingate used a mini 4-0 spurt to take a 68-67 lead.

Evans powered through the lane to put Newberry ahead 69-68 with less than six minutes remaining. WU took the lead against before Spease’s free-throws tied the game at 71-71.

After the Bulldogs took a 79-77 lead, Newberry had multiple attempts to tie the game, but Wingate held strong. WU used an 8-2 run over the final two minutes for the 85-77 victory.

Wingate shot 51.6 percent in the second half. The Wolves forced the Bulldogs into a season-high 25 turnovers. Newberry hit just five threes in the contest, its lowest in a game this season. The Wolves shot 88.9 percent from the line in the second half.

Josh Dominguez led all scorers with 19 points for Wingate to lead four Bulldogs in double-figures. Mike Baez scored 16 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs blocked 11 shots as a team.

Newberry will travel to Mars Hill (4-17, 2-13 SAC) on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. The Wolves defeated the Lions 98-85 on Dec. 14.