MARS HILL, N.C. — The Newberry Wolves found their offensive groove early and never let up, cruising to a massive 121-75 win over the Mars Hill Lions in Stanford Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry moves to 17-7 overall and 13-7 in the South Atlantic Conference entering the final week of the regular season. Mars Hill is now 6-19 overall and 4-16 in the league. Newberry travels to Wingate on Wednesday night before hosting Carson-Newman on Saturday in the regular season finale.
Demarkus Smith led all scorers with 20 points while also grabbing five rebounds and four steals. Dondray Walker scored 19 points with five three-pointers and eight rebounds. Xavier Holmes scored 17 points with five rebounds.
Vincent Hicklin had one of his best all-around performances of his young career with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Taylor rounded out the Wolves’ double digit contingent with 12 points.
The Wolves shot well in every phase of the game from start to finish and never trailed, marking the second consecutive wire-to-wire victory. Newberry was 44-of-89 (49.4 percent) from the field, 15-of-40 (37.5 percent) from the three-point arc and 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
Newberry scored the game’s first eight points and had its first double-digit lead within four minutes. Mars Hill hung within reach in the middle of the half but the Wolves heated up at the end of the period to take a 60-36 halftime lead.
The Wolves howled out of the halftime break with a trio of treys in the first two minutes, taking the first 30-point lead of the day on a triple from Gerald Evans to make it 71-40.
A Taylor triple with just under eight minutes to play put the Wolves up 100-59 for the first 40-point lead. A Hicklin dunk in the final minute gave Newberry its largest lead of the contest at 121-73, but the Wolves couldn’t quite hit the 50 point lead.