TIGERVILLE – The Newberry men’s basketball team played its third game in just over 29 hours and fell in overtime to North Greenville 103-100 Saturday afternoon at Hayes Arena.
D.J. Copeland led five Newberry players in double-figures with 19 points, 11 of which came from the foul line. Mason Spease tallied 17 points and James Stepp contributed 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Gerald Evans also notched 16 points and Amp Moore chipped in 14.
The first half was back and forth as the two sides combined for 10 ties and two lead changes. North Greenville scored on its final possession of the half to lead 46-44 at the break. Newberry was held to 37.1 percent shooting in the first half.
The Wolves opened the second half with an 8-0 run to lead 52-46. North Greenville rallied for a 56-55 lead midway through the period. The Crusaders led 62-57 before Newberry battled back to grab a 63-62 advantage. NGU hung around as the Wolves led 89-83 with just under two minutes to go.
The Crusaders tied the game at 89-89 and grabbed a 91-89 lead with 0:29 seconds remaining. Evans was fouled and made both his free throws to knot the contest at 91-91. Neither team could score at the end of regulation and the game headed to overtime.
North Greenville rallied to take a five-point lead midway through the overtime period. Copeland hit a pair of free throws to cut the NGU lead to two at 98-96. Copeland notched two more free throws with 0:39 seconds remaining to once again pull within two points.
Stepp made a layup with seven second remaining. Newberry had the tying three-pointer blocked as the Crusaders tallied the 103-100 victory.
Jai Jenkins notched 23 points for North Greenville. Tommy Wade tallied 18 points and nine rebounds. Newberry shot 35.8 percent (29-for-81) for the game, while the Crusaders shot 51.4 percent (36-for-70) from the floor. Newberry made 27-of-29 (93.1 percent) free throws in the contest.
The Wolves will return home for the Newberry Invitational next Friday and Saturday at Eleazer Arena. Newberry takes on Paine (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Friday morning, the men’s basketball team earned its first win of the season in overtime against Erskine 87-79 at Belk Arena in Due West.
Newberry shot 42.4 percent (28-for-66) for the game, while the Flying Fleet shot 53.2 percent (33-for-62) from the floor. Newberry held Erskine to 23.8 percent from long range. The Wolves scored 38 points off turnovers and had 32 points off the bench.
Joby Glymph had a team-high 30 points for Erskine. Brannon Dark recorded a game-high 17 rebounds.
On Friday night, the Wolves trailed Division I Charlotte by only three points at halftime before the 49ers pulled away for an 101-88 exhibition victory at the Halton Arena.
The 49ers led by as many as 20 points before taking home a 101-88 exhibition victory.
Newberry ended the contest shooting 43.1 percent (31-for-72) and 51.7 percent (15-for-29) from distance, but Charlotte shot 52.9 percent (36-for-68) from the field, and 75.0 percent (18-for-24) from the free-throw line. Newberry notched 42 points off the bench.
Jon Davis scored 28 points for Charlotte. Reid Aube and JC Washington notched six rebounds each and Anthony VanHook collected five assists.
This release was provided by Newberry College.