NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves struggled offensively while the visiting Wingate Bulldogs shot the lights out to take a 79-42 decision in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry falls to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Wingate remains undefeated in the league at 5-0 with a 9-4 overall mark. Newberry hosts Catawba (4-9, 1-4 SAC) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Wolves connected on only six field goals in each half, shooting 12-of-58 (20.7%) from the field in the game. Newberry was also limited to 18.5% (5-of-27) three-point shooting by the Bulldogs, who are the top-ranked three-pointer percentage defense in the nation.
Dondray Walker was the only player in double figures for the Wolves with 14 points. Byron Dickerson was behind him with seven points, while Quayshun Hawkins had six points and seven rebounds.
All five Wingate starters scored in double digits, led by Deion Turman’s 16 points and seven boards. Ryan Daye and Odell Turner each had 11 points with Turner adding nine rebounds. Paidrick Matilus scored 10 points and Ethan Kincaid had the best all-around stat line with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
It was the Bulldogs’ night from the start, as Newberry could not connect on a field goal attempt until a Dickerson fastbreak layup with 13:17 left in the first half. By then, Newberry already trailed 12-3. Wingate led by as many as 25 in the first half at the 5:01 mark, but Newberry was able to score the final seven points of the half to limit the damage and go into the locker room trailing 39-21.
Wingate shot 50.0% (16-of-32) in the half, with the Wolves shooting 21.4% (6-of-28) and turning the ball over 14 times, with 10 Wingate steals.
A Walker three-point play at the 17:39 mark of the second half to make it 45-29 was Newberry’s chance to try and turn the tide, but Wingate scored the next eight points in a row to start the runaway. Walker’s three-pointer at the 7:00 mark would be Newberry’s last field goal of the night and the Bulldogs left Eleazer with their fifth conference win.
The ‘Dogs shot a stunning 64.3% (18-of-28) in the second half and out-rebounded Newberry 24-11. Newberry was only 6-of-30 (20.0%) from the floor in the half.