ANDERSON — The Newberry Wolves and Anderson Trojans are no stranger to thrilling games and Wednesday’s game was no exception, with the Trojans earning a 105-95 double overtime win in the Abney Center.
Newberry falls to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in South Atlantic Conference play, with both losses in the league coming in overtime. Anderson is now 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the league. Newberry plays at Carson-Newman (9-2, 2-1 SAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Wolves set South Atlantic Conference records for field goal attempts (96) and three-point attempts (56) in the game, shooting 33.3 percent (32-of-96) from the field and 19-of-56 (33.9 percent) from three-point land. Newberry grabbed a total of 61 rebounds, with 25 offensive boards converted into 20 second chance points.
The Trojans shot 43.5 percent (30-69) from the field and 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) from three-point territory in the game. The main tipping point was free throw shooting, where Newberry connected on only 12-of-20 (60.0 percent) of its attempts from the charity stripe, where Anderson made 32-of-44 (72.7 percent) of its foul shots, including 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) in the overtime periods.
Dondray Walker led the Wolves with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds with six made three-pointers, while Aegir Steinarsson had a career-high 21 points on seven made three-pointers, including a leaner in traffic to send the game to its second overtime period. Brandon Riley also scored 12 points for Newberry.
Newberry started off slowly, falling behind by 11 points at the 16:20 mark of the first half before storming back to take a 37-35 lead at the half, thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Walker to give Newberry the lead.
The Wolves shot 34.2 percent (13-of-28) in the first half with the Trojans shooting 40.0 percent (12-of-30) in the period.
Newberry held its biggest lead of the game at the 10:17 mark of the second half, when an Xavier Holmesfree throw gave Newberry a nine-point lead at 54-45. The Trojans steadily chipped away at the lead, with a pair of Denzail Jones free throws at the 2:42 mark cutting the lead to 62-61. Walker made a pull-up baseline jumper with 38.9 seconds left on the clock to give Newberry a 65-63 lead, forcing Anderson to foul, but Newberry went 0-for-3 from the charity stripe, and a Chandler Hash driving layup just before the buzzer sent the game to overtime.
In the second half, Newberry was limited to 11-of-37 (29.7 percent) shooting in the second half and went 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from the free throw line in the period. Anderson shot 35.7 percent (10-of-28) in the period and was 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line.
The first overtime period went back and forth, with Anderson making three free throws in the final 30 seconds to take 78-75 lead, but Steinarsson split two defenders and leaned into a one-footed buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into a second OT.
Anderson jumped out to a quick six-point lead in the second overtime, forcing Newberry to foul as the clock ran down. The Wolves went for three-pointers as often as possible to narrow the deficit, making four in the final 1:30, but Anderson went 14-of-16 from the free-throw line in the final 1:12.
In the overtime periods combined, Newberry shot 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from three-point land and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the charity stripe. Anderson shot 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the field, 83.3percent (5-of-6) from three-point land and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line.