NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves overcame an ice-cold start to the game to ease to an 89-69 win over the Barber-Scotia Mighty Sabers in Eleazer Arena on Tuesday night.
Newberry moves to 2-0 overall on the season entering Wednesday’s exhibition game at Norfolk State. Barber-Scotia is now 0-3 on the year.
Demarkus Smith had a fantastic all-around game with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in just 22 minutes.
Mitch Riggs led all scorers with 20 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Gerald Evans scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out five assists.
Newberry forced Barber-Scotia to turn the ball over 38 times with 16 steals. The Wolves also had 21 assists on 28 made baskets.
Barber-Scotia managed to shoot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) from the field, but was an abysmal 52.8 percent (19-of-36) from the free throw line.
Newberry had good looks at the basket throughout the game but shots wouldn’t seem to fall. The Wolves missed the first nine shots of the game.
Barber-Scotia made their shots early and had a shocking 18-6 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Newberry took its first lead of the game at the 5:08 mark of the half on a steal and fastbreak dunk by Smith to go up 22-20.
Smith put an exclamation mark late in the half with another steal and dunk to give the Wolves a 39-29 lead at the break. B-S had a 23-18 rebounding edge at the half, but 11 of Newberry’s boards were on the offensive end of the floor, while the Wolves scored 23 points off of 20 Mighty Sabers turnovers.
After a tight early start to the half, the Wolves went on a 10-0 run before the first media timeout of the second half to put the result out of the reach of Barber-Scotia. Evans scored six points in the run.
Riggs’ three-pointer at the 9:48 mark put Newberry up by 22 and Barber-Scotia would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
The Wolves and Sabers will meet again later this season in December at Barber-Scotia’s home facility in Concord, N.C.