|March 01, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||C-N|
|FG Percentage||.307 (27-88)||.556 (40-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (15-57)||.333 (7-21)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (5-6)||.500 (9-18)|
HOLMES - 2
Lamell Washington - 1
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Newberry men’s basketball team (18-11) saw its season come to a close as the Wolves were defeated by Carson-Newman (19-10) 96-74 Wednesday night in the South Atlantic Conference Championship quarterfinal at Holt Fieldhouse.
The Wolves’ have won 18 games for the fourth consecutive season under the helm of head coach Dave Davis.
Newberry got off to a quick 5-0 lead, capped by Stepp’s three-point basket. Carson-Newman responded with a 13-2 run to take a 13-7 edge.
Sikander Nielsen knocked down a three from the corner to cut the Eagle lead to just 18-14 midway through the first half. Nielsen’s basket capped a 3-for-3 stretch from the floor for the Wolves.
Newberry missed its next ten shots from the field, allowing Carson-Newman to take a 14-point lead. Stepp buried a three from the left wing to stop the Newberry scoring drought.
The Eagles led 40-30 at halftime. Stepp led all scorers with 16 points at the break. Newberry only trailed by 10 despite shooting just 22 percent (10-for-45) from the floor. Carson-Newman shot 50 percent (19-for-38) from the field.
The Eagles started the second half 6-for-6 on field goals to force a Newberry timeout. Carson-Newman led by 20 points with 14:27 remaining in the second half. Newberry responded with an 8-0 run, cutting the Eagles lead to just 58-46.
Carson-Newman responded with a 5-0 run before Newberry cut the lead to 11 midway through the half at 63-52. The Wolves would not get any closer the rest of the evening. Carson-Newman eventually pulled away for the 96-74 victory.
The Wolves finished the contest 30.7 percent (27-for-88) from the field, compared to 55.6 percent (40-for-72) for the Eagles. Newberry posted a season-low 16 bench points and were outscored in the paint, 62-25. C-N out-rebounded Newberry 59-38, but the Wolves had the edge on the offensive glass, 17-15.
Newberry set a new Newberry and South Atlantic Conference record for most made threes in a single season with 411, according to available records.
The Wolves’ 22 steals against Erskine are tied for the most in a single contest this season in NCAA Division II.
Shaun Jones led Carson-Newman with 26 points and 18 rebounds for Carson-Newman. The Eagles will face Lincoln Memorial on Saturday in a SAC Semifinal.