HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Newberry Wolves trailed by as many as 21 points to the No. 7 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters and stormed back to cut the deficit to one point, but could not overcome the final obstacle in a 92-77 loss Saturday night.
Newberry falls to 14-6 overall and 10-6 in South Atlantic Conference action entering an 8 p.m. Wednesday game at Lenoir-Rhyne. LMU is now 18-2 overall and 14-2 in the league.
Xavier Holmes went 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-7 at the charity stripe for a 19-point performance, while Gerald Evans scored 19 points. Demarkus Smith scored 13 points.
Newberry was dreadful from the field in the first half, going only 6-for-25 (24.0%) from the field, with a 4-of-13 rate from long distance. Only three players scored from the field, with only Evans making more than one shot as the Railsplitters took a 46-29 lead into the halftime break.
The Wolves’ shooting improved massively in the second half, bumping up over 20 percent. The Wolves forced 10 LMU turnovers in the period and at one point went on an 18-1 run, coming back from 20 points down to cut the lead to 60-58 with 11:19 to play
The deficit was as small as one point on three separate occasions, with the score standing at 71-70 with 7:12 to play. Unfortunately for Newberry, the hosts went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes and eased to the win from there.
Newberry upped its shooting percentage to 43.6% (17-of-39) in the second half, with 7-of-15 (46.7%) of its three-pointers finding the mark. However, LMU made both of its second half three-point attempts and went 19-of-32 (59.4%) from the field in the half.
Newberry was fantastic at the charity stripe, connecting on 95.2% (20-of-21) of its free throws.