Cold-shooting Eagles fall at Newberry
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves got off to a hot start on the way to earning an 88-69 South Atlantic Conference win over Carson-Newman in Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry (8-5, 3-3 SAC) was paced by 21 points and nine rebounds from Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) and a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double from Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.). Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) scored 15 points with eight rebounds and Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored 14 points with six boards.
Walker scored on a jumper just six seconds into the game followed by a Davis three-pointer for Carson-Newman to give the Eagles an early lead. After the initial trey, the guests' shooting went cold, giving the Wolves a chance to take control of the game. With 14:23 left in the half, another Walker triple pushed Newberry's lead to double digits for the first time at 15-5.
Newberry continued to push with a steal and fastbreak layup by Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) gave the Wolves an 18-point advantage just 11 minutes into the game at 32-14. Newberry's first 20-point lead came on Walker's final three-pointer of the half with 2:11 left in the half, and the Wolves took a 48-29 lead into the halftime break.
By the half, three Wolves were already in double figures, led by Walker's 15 and Hawkins' 13 points, with each of them canning three three-pointers.
Newberry took its largest lead of the game at 58-36 with 16:27 to play on a steal and layup by Garner before the Eagles clawed their way back into the game. An 8-0 run in the middle of the half by Carson-Newman cut the Wolves' lead to 10 points at 65-55 with 10:16 to go, but was not able to cut the lead into single digits. The guests had a chance to make a charge only trailing 10 with 6:32 to go, but a 10-4 surge by Newberry over the next three and a half minutes put the game out of reach.
The Wolves held a 52-41 rebounding edge in the game, with a 30-18 advantage in the second half. Newberry also outshot the Eagles, making 43.1% (28-of-65) of its shots, with C-N making 33.8% (23-of-68) of its shots. The Eagles came into the game shooting nearly 36 percent from three-point range this season, but were limited to just 13.6% (3-of-22) from behind the arc, while Newberry shot 50% (10-of-20) from long range.
C-N returns to action Wednesday night against Mars Hill at 8 p.m. in Holt Fieldhouse.