NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves and Carson-Newman Eagles needed extra time to decide Saturday’s South Atlantic Conference game and it was the Eagles who emerged from Eleazer Arena with an 89-83 overtime win.
Newberry falls to 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the conference, while Carson-Newman is now 18-4 overall and 11-3 in the league with the Southeast Region’s longest winning streak at seven games. The Wolves host Brevard in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Mitch Riggs and Dondray Walker tied for Newberry’s team lead with 17 points and four rebounds apiece. Brandon Riley scored 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Brunes Charles had 10 points and three assists.
For Carson-Newman, Antonie Davis had 31 points and eight rebounds, Ish Sanders had 27 points and five rebounds and Cody Henegar had 11 points with six rebounds and four blocks.
It was a tight game for the duration, with 12 ties and 11 lead changes. Newberry’s largest lead was 12 points early in the second half, while Carson-Newman never led by more than the final margin of six points.
A Davis three-point play at the 14:19 mark of the first half gave the Eagles their first six-point advantage of the game at 14-8. C-N had a six-point lead with 12 minutes left in the half before Newberry went on an 8-2 run with a pair of Walker three-pointers and a Charles tip-in tying the game at 20-20 just over a minute later.
The teams were tied at 36-all with 3:41 left in the half, but Newberry closed out the period on a 7-0 run with a Demarkus Smith free throw and triples from Walker and Riggs giving the Wolves a 43-36 halftime lead. Both teams shot well in the half, with Newberry connecting at a 50.0 percent (17-of-34) clip, with 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) three-pointers but only 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) at the charity stripe.
Carson-Newman made 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) of its shots, with 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) of its three-pointers finding the mark and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) of free throws connecting. Newberry turned the ball over only four times in the half but collected seven steals out of 12 C-N turnovers.
The Wolves rushed out of the halftime break on a roll with an Aegir Steinarsson fastbreak jumper and a Walker trey giving the hosts their largest lead of the game at 48-36 with just under 18 minutes to play in regulation. Newberry had a 10-point advantage at 57-47 with just under 11 minutes left on a Riggs triple before the Eagles flew back into the game. An 8-0 run by the guests cut the lead to 57-55 with 8:30 left in the half.
Davis’ three-pointer tied the game at 62-all with 6:22 left in the half and set up a wild finish. Neither team would lead by more than three points from the rest of regulation. Collin Crane tied the game up at 71-all for Carson-Newman with just under 14 seconds to play, but Newberry’s looks at the basket as the clock ticked away were lacking, sending the Wolves to their fifth overtime game of the season.
Newberry shot 35.5 percent (11-of-31) in the half, with 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) three-pointers connecting. Newberry was awarded only two free throws in the half, but made them both. C-N made 50 percent (12-of-24) of its second half shots, including 3-of-10 (30 percent) of its three-point attempts. The Eagles made 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) of their free throws.
Carson-Newman took an early lead on a Marcellous Perez layup in the OT, but a Steinarsson three-pointer put Newberry ahead.
The teams traded efforts and the game was still tied at 79-all with just under half of the over time to play. Sanders then hit a contested three-pointer and Newberry could get not regain the lead, losing its fifth overtime game of the season. C-N made 6-of-8 (75 percent of its field goals in the overtime including its only three-point attempt. Newberry made only 4-of-10 (40 percent) of its field goals and 1-of-3 (33.3 percent) of its three-pointers.
Newberry turned the ball over three times in the extra time, while forcing only one C-N turnover.
For the game, Newberry shot 42.7 percent(32-of-75) from the field, 35.3 percent (12-of-34) from long distance and 50 percent (7-of-14) from the charity stripe. Carson-Newman connected on 54.7 percent (29-of-53) of its field goals, 40.9% (9-of-22) of its three-pointers and 71 percent (22-of-31) of its free throws. C-N had a 40-32 rebounding advantage.