NEWBERRY — Every eligible player who dressed out for the Newberry Wolves scored on Tuesday night, as the scarlet and gray gave head coach Dave Davis his 50th win at the school with a 97-68 rout of visiting Bob Jones University.
Newberry moves to 7-1 overall on the season and stays out of conference for a road game at Barber-Scotia College on Thursday night. BJU falls to 6-7 on the year.
Davis becomes just the sixth head coach to win 50 games at Newberry and he is the second-fastest to that mark - 90 games coached - behind Larry DiBiase, who reached the milestone early in his third season.
Mitch Riggs led Newberry with 15 points, while Brandon Taylor had 12 points and Justin Cheek scored 10 points.
Guillermo Ruiz scored nine points with four rebounds and two steals, while Cole Birchfield and Demarkus Smith each scored eight points.
Dondray Walker was the Wolves’ leading facilitator with five points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in the contest.
Ball control favored the Wolves throughout the game, with 24 assists on 36 made baskets and forcing 20 Bruin turnovers, 18 of which were Newberry steals. Newberry committed only 11 turnovers in a high-paced contest with many inexperienced players earning career-high minutes.
Bob Jones hung with the Wolves early and led bay as many as five points with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half. A pair of Taylor jumpers in the paint and a Riggs dunk took the lead back and the Wolves would not trail again.
From a 31-27 lead with six and a half minutes left in the half, the Wolves left the Bruins in the dust with a 13-0 run over the next four minute, with Ruiz electrifying the crowd with a breakaway layup and a triple.
Newberry took a 50-38 lead into the halftime break, shooting 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from long distance.
Smith scored the first five points out of the locker reoom and Newberry took its first 20-point lead of the game before the first media timeout on a Riggs fastbreak lay-in after a Walker steal.
A jumper in the paint from Vincent Hicklin at the 9:22 mark gave Newberry its first 30-point advantage at 79-49 and Riggs’ jumper in the paint at the 7:52 mark to put Newberry up 84-52 gave the Wolves their largest lead of the contest at 32 points.
The reserves played the majority of the half for the scarlet and gray and Newberry still shot 43.6 percent (17-of-39) from the floor and made 10-of-11 free throws in the half, with the last one missed by Matthew Spears, who took advantage and put back his own rebound as the final buzzer sounded.