NEWBERRY — After an unbelievable rally against Lenoir-Rhyne on Monday, the Wolves were in familiar territory down by nine with less than a minute remaining to Bowie State.
Unlike Monday, the Wolves were unable to come away with the victory and fell 74-72.
Newberry scrambled to put together an 8-1 run down the stretch that began with a trio of made free throws from Sikander Nielsen with 47 seconds on the clock.
A Quaman Burton trey and a jumper from James Stepp pulled the Wolves within one at 73-72. Bowie State went 1-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute to give Newberry the chance to tie it with seven seconds left. A missed layup from Rob Valentine sealed the 74-72 score.
Newberry was unable to connect from the floor in the ensuing possession which sealed a 74-72 loss.
Valentine had a team-high 18 points and went 4-for-8 from three-point range. He has tallied double figures in every game this season.
Stepp made back-to-back baskets from beyond the arc to give the Wolves the 33-30 lead early in the second half. Bowie State responded with a 13-0 run that was broken with a trey from Burton. Newberry trailed by as many as 12 points but were able to capitalize on a five-minute scoring drought for the Bulldogs to make it an exciting finish.
Burton finished with nine points, eight rebounds, and was perfect from three-point range. Marshall Lange and Stepp each notched double figures in points with 11 and 12, respectively.
Newberry was held to 29 percent from the field and was outscored in assists, rebounds and blocks.
Bowie State struck first with a trey from Ahmaad Wilson but Newberry responded with back-to-back layups and a pair of free throws to take a 6-3 lead. Turnovers proved to be an issue early on with both teams committing a combined 26 in the first half. Both teams were cold from the floor in the ensuing minutes with neither team being able to connect. Each team was only able to score nine points apiece in the first 10 minutes of play. Three-pointers from Lange and Valentine put the Wolves up 15-9, but a late scoring drought coupled with going 1-for-9 from the field put Bowie State up 28-27 at halftime.
The Wolves’ 72 points are the fewest scored this season.
After four consecutive home games, the Wolves will head out on the road to face Wingate at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29.