|February 11, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMU||NBY|
|FG Percentage||.540 (34-63)||.476 (30-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.414 (12-29)||.469 (15-32)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.667 (10-15)|
- 33||Lamell Washington
- 15||Mason Spease
TEAM - 5
Paul Woodson - 4
- 4||Lamell Washington
NEWBERRY – Lamell Washington scored 23 points to lead five players in double-figures, but the Newberry men’s basketball team’s upset bid of No. 16 Lincoln Memorial fell just short as the Railsplitters defeated the Wolves 92-85 on Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.
Washington scored a career-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting. James Stepp recorded 20 points while Mason Spease chipped in 12. D.J. Copeland and Quaman Burton notched 10 points apiece. Gerald Evans dished out five assists.
The Wolves (14-10, 9-9 SAC) were looking to sweep LMU (20-4, 15-3 SAC) after upsetting the Railsplitters 107-102 on Dec. 17 at Tex Turner Arena. Newberry started off on fire, making nine of its first 14 three pointers, to race out to an impressive 23-point lead over the No. 16 ranked team in the country.
Lincoln Memorial started out just 3-for-13 from the field, in stark contrast to the Wolves who shot 10-for-15 from the floor.
The Railsplitters ended the first half on a 17-3 run, but Newberry remained in control 46-39 at the break. Newberry was 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc in the first twenty minutes of play.
The Wolves continued to hold off Lincoln Memorial early in the second half. LMU cut the lead to six at the 16:31 mark before Newberry's 7-0 run pushed the advantage to double-digits. Washington scored a tough bucket plus the foul to extend the Newberry lead to 69-55 with 11:55 remaining.
Lincoln Memorial slowly chipped away at the Newberry advantage, pulling within 76-70 at the 7:30 mark. The Wolves led 83-82 before two free-throws gave Lincoln Memorial its first lead of the contest at 84-83 with 2:30 to play. Copeland’s free-throws pulled the Wolves within one at 86-85 with just over a minute remaining. Newberry’s shot on the ensuing possession was blocked and LMU then raced out for a fast-break layup.
The Wolves had a chance to tie the contest after Burton’s steal set up a Newberry possession with 0:26 seconds remaining. Newberry did not get a shot off and Lincoln Memorial sealed the contest at the line.
Newberry forced 24 Railsplitters’ turnovers that the Wolves’ turned in to 25 points. The Wolves scored 65 points off the bench and finished the game 15-for-32 (46.9 percent) from three.
Luquon Choice scored a game-high 33 points for Lincoln Memorial. The Railsplitters shot 61.3 percent in the second half. Newberry’s defense held LMU’s leading scorer, Chris Perry, to a season-low three points.
The Wolves will host Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 9-9 SAC) next Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Newberry defeated L-R 80-75 on Jan. 4.