NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves came back from as many as 10 points down in the first half but late three-pointers in clutch moments by the No. 12 Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters gave the guests a 100-95 overtime win in Eleazer Arena on Sunday evening.
Newberry falls to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Lincoln Memorial is now 6-0 and 2-0 in the league. The Wolves’ next action comes at the Joe Manchin Classic in Salem, W.Va., where they will play Daemen (N.Y.) College on Saturday and Central State University (Ohio) on Sunday at Salem International University.
Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia) had 20 points in the game and Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn) scored 19 points, with Walker grabbing six rebounds and Hawkins going 14-of-15 from the free throw line. Xavier Holmes (Great Falls) had 12 points, while Aegir Steinarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) scored 10 points and dished out five assists.
For LMU, Vincent Bailey had a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double off the bench, while Jake Troyli scored 19 points, Cam Carden scored 18, Wally Jones scored 17 and Lorenza Ross had 15 markers.
The game was tight from start to finish and was tied at 17-all with 11:44 left in the first half before a 13-3 LMU surge. Carden’s jumper at the 7:44 mark made it a 30-20 LMU lead. The lead was still as large as eight points inside the final minute of the half, but Hawkins made four straight free throws thanks to an LMU foul followed by a technical foul and the LMU lead would stand at 42-38 at the halftime.
LMU shot 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the field in the half, while the Wolves were 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) in the period. Walker had eight points at the half, while Brandon Riley (Baltimore, Md.) had seven.
Newberry quickly erased the deficit within five minutes, when Steinarsson’s three-pointer at the 15:06 mark gave the Wolves a 52-50 lead. The teams battled back and forth, with LMU holding a 60-59 lead with 11:01 in regulation before Newberry scored 15 of the next 19 points to pull out to a 10-point lead. Mitch Riggs’ (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) triple at the 8:09 mark put Newberry up 74-64.
A pair of Hawkins free throws at the 6:02 mark put Newberry up 83-71, with the 12-point lead the largest for either team in the game. Unfortunately for the Wolves, they would only connect on one more field goal in the rest of the regulation, with Holmes’ layup at the 1:47 mark putting Newberry 89-83.
The ‘Splitters found their shooters in the right place at exactly the right time, with three pointers from Jones and Ross tying the game up. Newberry held the ball for one last shot, but could not find the net, sending the game to overtime tied at 89-all.
Both teams shot well in the second half, with LMU making 56.0 percent (14-of-25) in the half, with Newberry making 55.6 percent (15-of-27).
In the extra frame, LMU drew first blood on a Bailey put back, but Byron Dickerson (Atlanta, Ga.) tied the game up with a putback of his own. Ross scored four straight points to make it a two possession game, but a pair of Hawkins free throws and a steal and a fastbreak layup by Demarkus Smith (Johnston) tied the game up at 95-all. LMU looked to have worked themselves into a corner on its final offensive possession, but Carden managed to nail a three-pointer with 3.0 seconds on the clock to make it 98-95.
Newberry’s last-ditch inbounds attempt was wayward, forcing Newberry to foul on an attempted inbounds and providing the guests with their final five-point edge. LMU was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the second half, while Newberry was only 2-of-4 and could not connect on any of their three three-point attempts.
For the game, LMU shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor, 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from three and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) from the three-point line. The Railsplitters turned the ball over 24 times.
Newberry shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the field, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from three and 79.4 percent (27-of-34) from the charity stripe. The Wolves turned over the ball only 13 times, a season low.
Wolves drop exhibition at Campbell, 91-78
BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The Newberry Wolves’ men’s basketball team struggled from the free throw line in the first half Thursday night and could not make up ground in the second, falling 91-78 in an exhibition game at the Division I Campbell University Camels.
Riggs led Newberry with 18 points, while Walker netted 14 and Holmes had 11 points with seven rebounds.
The Wolves’ normal hot shooting was absent as the scarlet and gray went only 24-of-65 (36.9 percent) from the field, 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) from three point range and 22-of-37 (59.5 percent) from the charity stripe. The two teams were called for a combined 64 fouls in a tightly whistled game.
Newberry outrebounded Campbell 44-42, with 20 offensive boards. Campbell won the game by 13 points and made 14 more free throws than the Wolves, connecting on a 36-of-44 (81.8 percent) clip from the charity stripe.