|February 08, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||CATM|
|FG Percentage||.479 (34-71)||.448 (30-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.387 (12-31)||.176 (3-17)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.750 (24-32)|
Gerald Evans - 15
Marshall Lange - 4
James Stepp - 4
TEAM - 4
Gerald Evans - 4
Quaman Burton - 2
D.J. Copeland - 2
Gerald Evans - 2
- 2||Rakeen Brown
Jameel Taylor - 1
Ben Sealey - 1
Jerrin Morrison - 1
Andrew Ingram - 1
- 1||Jerrin Morrison
SALISBURY, N.C. – The Newberry men’s basketball team shot 60.0 percent in the second half as the Wolves notched a 92-87 victory over Catawba Wednesday night at Goodman Gymnasium.
Newberry’s (14-9, 9-8 SAC) two senior guards, Gerald Evans and Mason Spease, scored 15 points apiece to lead the Wolves. Marshall Lange added 13 points while Quaman Burton and D.J. Copeland each contributed 12 points to lead five Newberry players in double-figures. Newberry crashed the glass as a unit, as four different Wolves collected four rebounds.
Catawba (16-7, 9-7 SAC) charged out to an early 9-3 lead in the first half. Rakeen Brown knocked down three free-throws to give Catawba its largest lead of the contest at 22-11 with 7:27 remaining in the first half. Newberry cut the lead to single digits before the break, but Catawba led 43-38 at halftime.
Four Wolves’ players scored six points apiece in the first half. The Wolves held Catawba to just 11.1 percent shooting from three.
The Catawba Indians continued to lead 50-43 at the beginning of the second half. Newberry continued to chip away at the deficit and used a 15-4 run to grab a 65-63 with 12:04 to play after back-to-back three pointers by Spease and Copeland. After a 5-0 spurt, the Wolves led 70-63 for Newberry’s largest lead of the evening.
Catawba stormed back for a 78-77 lead with under five minutes remaining. After both teams traded baskets, Jerrin Morrison’s free-throws gave Catawba its last lead of the game at 80-79. Burton’s jumper with 4:17 remaining gave Newberry a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Catawba cut the lead to three at 86-83 with 1:36 remaining in the contest, but Lange shut the door with a tough layup and the foul to seal the victory.
The Wolves shot 60.0 percent in the second half and 47.9 percent (34-for-71) from the floor overall. Newberry scored 27 points off 20 Catawba turnovers. The Catawba Indians shot just 17.6 percent (3-for-17) from deep, a season-low for a Newberry opponent.
Jerrin Morrison scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Catawba. Jameel Taylor poured in 18 points.
Newberry will host No. 16 Lincoln Memorial (19-4, 14-3 SAC) on Saturday at Eleazer Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for Noon. The Wolves upset LMU 107-102 on Dec. 17.