NEWBERRY — For the third straight meeting, the Newberry Wolves and Anderson Trojans needed overtime to decide the game and for the third straight time, it was the Trojans who emerged victorious as AU earned a 92-85 win in Eleazer Arena on Wednesday night.
Newberry falls to 9-10 overall and 5-6 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Anderson is now 13-6 overall and 9-2 in the league. Newberry travels to No. 16 Lincoln Memorial for an 8 p.m. tip-off on Saturday.
Quayshun Hawkins led Newberry with 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Brunes Charles scored 18 points and Dondray Walker scored 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists.
For Anderson, Denzail Jones scored 25 points, Chandler Hash scored 22 points with nine rebounds, Myson Jones scored 13 points with seven rebounds and Bo Holston scored 10 points with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
The Trojans got out to a six-point lead five minutes into the game and still had that advantage at 15-9 with 13:35 left in the half. The Wolves went on a seven point surge thanks to a pair of free throws and a three-pointer from Hawkins and a layup from Mitch Riggs to make it a 16-15 Newberry lead with 11 minutes left in the half.
For the rest of the half, the teams traded swings, with neither side able to get out to more than a one possession lead. A Charles tip-in with under a minute to go let the Wolves take a 38-35 lead into the halftime break.
After Anderson’s D.J. McGowan tied the game with an early three-pointer, the Wolves went on a 16-2 run, with an outstanding alley-oop baseline out of bounds play from Aegir Steinarsson to Xavier Holmes with 13:52 left in regulation giving Newberry its largest lead of the game at 54-40.
Similarly to the most recent meetings between the teams, the Trojans fought back, scoring the next nine points to cut the lead to 54-51 at the 10:29 mark. From there, another classic Newberry/Anderson battle ensued with the Wolves not relinquishing the lead. Newberry led by five at 65-60 with just under four minutes to go on a Charles fastbreak layup before the Trojans finally tied the game back up at 66-all on a Holston jumper with just under two minutes to go.
Demarkus Smith made a pair of free throws, and Denzail Jones tied up the game at 68-all with just under 24 seconds to go. The Wolves held the ball for the final shot, but could not get a good look, sending yet another NC/AU game to the extra frame.
Despite never trailing in the second half, Newberry fell behind on an early six-point surge from Anderson. Hash made a three-pointer and D. Jones made a steal and executed a three-point play on the next possession to take an important lead. Hash was simply on fire from long distance with a trio of three-pointers. Newberry fell behind by as many as 11 in the period, but cut it down to as few as five in the final minute, but could not get any closer.
In the overtime, Newberry was outscored 24-17. Anderson went 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point territory and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. Newberry made 4-of-10 shots from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point land and 7-of-8 at the charity stripe.