BREVARD, N.C.-The Newberry College Wolves used a scoring surge in the second half to seal a 94-71 victory over the Brevard College men’s basketball team in South Atlantic Conference action in Boshamer Gymansium on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves (4-0, 2-0 SAC) outscored the Tornados (0-3, 0-2 SAC) 52-28 in the second half to earn their second conference win.
Newberry used a 13-2 run out of the break to gain the advantage and remained in front for the rest of the contest. The Wolves pushed their lead to 10 on a Dondray Walker free throw with 12:26 left in the game, and the Tornados never cut the lead back down to single digits.
Newberry’s Demarkus Smith led all scorers with 19 points, finishing 7-of-11 from the field in the game. Walker and Cole Birchfield also scored in double figures for the Wolves, combining for 31 points.
The Tornados came out with their guns blazing to start the game, surprising Newberry to score the game’s first nine points over the opening 3:10. BC’s Darius Moose scored the first six points of the game on his way to a 12-point, seven-rebound game for the Tornados.
The Wolves settled in and countered with an 11-2 run to tie the game at 11-11 at the 14:08 mark in the first half.
The Tornados eventually used 10 unanswered points to turn a five-point deficit into a 34-29 lead on a Miles Leathers basket with just under six minutes to go before the half. The Tornados held a 43-42 advantage at the break.
The Tornados displayed a balanced scoring attack that saw four players score at least 11 points, paced by Dominique Pickett’s 16 points. In addition to Pickett and Moose, Miles Leathers had 13 and Alex Moe chipped in 11. Moe pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Newberry’s depth played a huge factor in the game’s outcome as 10 Wolves saw at least 15 minutes of action. Newberry’s bench poured in 42 points in comparison to only 10 points from the BC reserves.
The Tornados continue conference action as they visit the Tusculum College Pioneers on Tuesday night. Tipoff from Pioneer Arena is set for 8 p.m.