SALEM, W. Va. - The Newberry Wolves were unable to connect on a three-pointer in the first half and a cold shooting stroke throughout the game sent the scarlet and gray to a 73-67 loss to the Marauders of Central State in the final game of the Joe Manchin Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Newberry closes the fall semester with a record of 4-5 after splitting its games in the Manchin tournament hosted by Salem International. Newberry was paced by 13 points from Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn) and 11 points from Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) but they were the only Wolves to reach double digits.
The Wolves were only able to connect on 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the field in the game and 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) from three. Newberry led by as many as five in the first half with a Bryon Dickerson (Atlanta, Ga.) free throw just over halfway through the first half, but the Marauders needed just two quick possessions toe tie the game at 18-all with nine minutes left in the first half.
From that point neither team could pull away in the opening stanza, with CSU taking a 35-31 lead into the halftime break.
A pair of Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) free throws two minutes into the second half tied the game up at 38-all, and a three-pointer from Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia) on the next Newberry possession gave the Wolves the three-point lead.
The Marauders led by only one point, 50-49, at the 8:49 mark but then surged out to a lead. Newberry was down nine with 3:13 to play, but CSU then scored seven straight points to take the largest lead of the game at 72-56 with just under two minutes to play.
Newberry stormed back on the strength of an Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Icleand) layup, a triple from Walker and a steal and fastbreak layup by Xavier Holmes (Great Falls) followed by his free throw for a three-point play.
A Hawkins steal and three-pointer cut the lead to five points with just under 30 seconds to play.
The Wolves were unable to steal the inbounds pass and were forced to foul.
CSU connected on only one free throw to push the lead back to six, but Newberry could not hit the needed shots and the comeback fell just short.