SWANNANOA, N.C. – Gerald Evans had a season-high 27 points to lead six Newberry players in double-figures as the Newberry College men’s basketball team (4-2) downed non-conference foe Warren Wilson (4-5) 108-90 Monday night at DeVries Gymnasium.
Evans notched a season-high 27 points on 8-for-15 shooting and swiped career-high seven steals. D.J. Copeland notched 18 points and six rebounds, while Xavier Hill chipped in a season-high 15 points. James Stepp scored 12 points, Rob Valentine recorded 11 points and Marshall Lange had 10. Newberry as a team recorded 24 assists on 35 made field goals.
Newberry built a 18-13 lead on back-to-back three pointers by Luke Gibson and Evans. Warren Wilson stormed back to take a 26-25 lead minutes later. Newberry then used a 21-4 run to move in front 46-30 with 5:21 remaining in the first half. The Wolves led 61-41 at halftime.
Newberry shot 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from downtown and 57.5 percent (23-for-40) from the floor in the first period. Evans paced the Wolves with 17 points.
Sikander Nielsen scored 25 seconds into the second half, but Newberry did not notch another field goal until Hill’s layup at the 16:15 mark. Newberry had its largest lead of the contest at 71-46 with 15:03 to play.
Warren Wilson did not go away quietly, as the Owls cut the lead to 86-75 to force a Newberry timeout. Copeland then notched a three-point basket and a pair of free-throws to put the Wolves ahead 91-77 with 6:32 remaining. Newberry remained in control the rest of the contest on its way to a 108-90 victory over head coach Dave Davis’ alma mater.
Newberry scored 43 points off of 28 Warren Wilson turnovers. The Wolves also recorded 68 points off the bench compared to 14 for the Owls. Newberry was 19-for-23 (82.6 percent) on free throws in the second half and went 20-for-26 (76.9 percent) in the contest.
Garth Bailey led Warren Wilson with 27 points. Michael Pomeroy scored 24 points and corralled five rebounds.
Newberry returns to South Atlantic Conference play Wednesday against Wingate (2-4, 1-1 SAC). Tip-off from Eleazer Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m.