February 18, 20171st2ndFinal
Newberry465399
Tusculum335588
Stats at a GlanceNBYTCM
FG Percentage.529 (36-68) .516 (33-64)
3P FG Percentage.387 (12-31) .304 (7-23)
FT Percentage.750 (15-20) .682 (15-22)
Offensive Rebounds1110
Defensive Rebounds2622
Total Rebounds3732
Turnovers1519
Steals118
Bench Points3829
LeadersNBYTCM
PointsMason Spease - 18
Fagan - 21
ReboundsJames Stepp - 8
Mounce - 6
AssistsGerald Evans - 5
Baylark - 9
StealsMason Spease - 2
D.J. Copeland - 2
Quaman Burton - 2
James Stepp - 2
Brown - 4
BlocksMason Spease - 1
Brown - 1
Mounce - 1
Davis - 1
Newberry Fends Off Late Rally by Tusculum


Newberry Fends Off Late Rally by Tusculum
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENVILLE, Tenn. – The Newberry men’s basketball team withstood a late rally by Tusculum for a 99-88 victory Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena. The Wolves posted six players in double-figures led by Mason Spease’s 18 points.


Spease led the way with 6-for-10 shooting on the afternoon. James Stepp and Gerald Evans scored 15 points apiece. D.J. Copeland (12), Xavier Hill (11) and Marshall Lange (10) also finished in double-figures for Newberry. Hill collected a team-high seven rebounds. Evans dished out five assists.


Neither team could gain much separation early. Newberry (16-10, 11-9 SAC) used an 18-2 run to break open the game over Tusculum (11-15, 8-12 SAC) and grab a 35-18 lead with 7:32 remaining in the first half. The Wolves led 46-33 at halftime. Both teams were red-hot from the floor, shooting at least 50.0 percent in the first half.


The Wolves opened the second half on a 5-0 spurt, sparked by Copeland’s three-point play. Newberry slowly amassed its lead over the Pioneers. Sparked by a 12-2 run, Newberry posted its largest lead of the game at 76-46 with 11:51 remaining.


Tusculum would not go away quietly, using an 18-8 run to cut Newberry’s lead to 84-64. The Pioneers pulled within seven points with just 1:23 left to play, but Newberry hit its free-throws for the final margin of 99-88.


Newberry finished the game shooting 52.9 percent (36-for-68) from the floor, its best percentage of the season. The Wolves shot 80 percent (15-for-20) from the free-throw line in the second half. Tusculum was just 30.4 percent (7-for-23) from three.


Newberry out-rebounded Tusculum, 37-32. This marks the Wolves’ second-straight game out-rebounding its opponent.


Cory Fagan scored a game-high 21 points for Tusculum on 7-for-10 shooting.


Newberry will travel to Coker (8-18, 5-15 SAC) for its final regular season road game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. The Wolves bested the Cobras 113-68 on Jan. 11.