January 20, 2014
NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves closed out a perfect three-game homestand Saturday with a 93-73 victory over the Brevard Tornados in Eleazer Arena.
Newberry moves to 11-3 overall and 7-3 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Brevard is now 3-11 overall and 3-7 in the league. The Wolves now hit the road for three straight, starting with the short, in-state trip to take on Coker on Wednesday night.
Dondray Walker led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field with a 4-of-5 success rate from long range. Mitch Riggs and Demarkus Smith each had 15 points with Xavier Holmes putting together a solid game with 11 points and eight rebounds. Smith Also dished out six assists.
From the opening tip, it was clear which team was in control, as the Wolves netted the first five points of the contest. Brevard cut the lead to one point before back-to-back triples from Walker and Riggs opened the lead up to seven points at 16-9 with 13 minutes to play.
A Smith three-pointer at the five-minute mark pushed the Wolves’ advantage into double digits for the first time at 33-23 and a fastbreak layup by Jamie Harper with just over a minute to go in the half gave Newberry its largest lead of the period at 46-31. A late Brevard triple made the halftime score 46-34 in the Wolves’ favor.
The trio of Holmes, Smith and Walker each had nine points at halftime, as the Wolves shot 45.5 percent (15-of-33) in the half, with a 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) three-point success ratio.
In the second half, a Vincent Hicklin fastbreak layup pushed the lead to 16 points at 55-39 in the first two and a half minutes. Brevard was able to cut the Wolves’ lead down to five points at 66-61 with nine minutes remaining before Newberry stormed out of a media timeout.
From a 69-61 lead at the 7:50 mark, Newberry scored the next five field goals, including a steal and fastbreak dunk from Charles and back-to-back treys from Walker. The Wolves closed out the surge with a Smith free throw at the 4:40 mark which stretched the lead out to 83-61, putting the game out of reach.
Newberry improved its shooting in the second half, with a 58.6 percent shooting rate (17-of-29) in the second period. For the game, Newberry shot 51.6 percent (32-of-62) while making 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from long distance.