BREVARD, N.C. — After falling behind by 15 points just seven minutes into the game, the Newberry Wolves stormed back to take a halftime lead and cruise to a 106-88 South Atlantic Conference victory over the Brevard Tornados in Boshamer Gym on Wednesday night.
Newberry moves to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in SAC play, while the Tornados are now 2-13 and 1-6 in the league. Newberry returns home to host Tusculum at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Demarkus Smith and Brandon Riley led the Wolves, each scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds. Mitch Riggs netted 16 points with five rebounds, Dondray Walker scored 15 points and Aegir Steinarsson scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
It was the Tornados with the hot hand early though, scorching the nets from three-point territory, making 10 of their first 12 trey attempts. The hosts took their first double digit lead at 17-5 with just under 16 minutes left in the first half and stretched the lead to 26-11 on a Manzey Miller three with just under 13 minutes left in the period.
However, the three-point consistency could not stay that high, while Newberry improved throughout the half. Less than three minutes later, the Wolves had the lead down to five points at 32-27 on a Walker three-pointer with 10:13 left and a Smith layup at the 8:15 mark tied the game at 34-all. Back-to-back threes from Steinarsson and Riggs stretch the lead to six points quickly. The Wolves would lead by as many as nine in the first half and took a 52-48 lead into the locker room.
Brevard’s Dominique Pickett had 25 points at the break and Miller had 14. However, the threes were Brevard’s only effective weapon, as the hosts made only one two-point field goal in the half with over 18 minutes gone.
Smith opened the second half with a three-point play followed by treys from Riley and Steinarsson and a Walker jumper in the paint to put the lead in double digits for the first time at 63-53 with 16:47 to go. A 10-4 run put Newberry in a nearly unreachable position, and another Walker three with 12:25 to play made it an 83-62 lead to break the 20-point lead barrier for the first time on the night.
The lead would get as high as 28 points when Smith’s layup made it 97-69 with 7:15 left, but the Wolves slowed the pace for the remainder of the game and the Tornados got closer as the night went on.
For the game, Newberry held a stunning 42-20 lead on the boards and allowed the Tornados only three offensive rebounds. All 10 players in the game scored at least one field goal, had at least two rebounds and dished out at least one assist in a spectacular team effort.