Newsome’s night

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 05:30 AM

BOILING SPRINGS — If you take away Tashan Newsome’s line score, the Gardner-Webb men’s basketball team would not have looked as impressive on paper.

Taking away his 8-of-12 shooting on the night, the Runnin’ Bulldogs would have shot just 16-of-39, for 41 percent.

But, Newsome’s season-high 27 points and a defense that held Tennessee Tech to just 29 percent shooting on the night was enough to propel GWU to a 61-41 win over the Golden Eagles late Saturday night at Paul Porter Arena.

“I think we played a really powerful offensive team,” said GWU head coach Chris Holtmann. “To limit them the way we did ... I couldn’t be happier with how we responded.”

Coming into Saturday night, the Golden Eagles (5-4) averaged just over 72 points per game, but Gardner-Webb (6-5) forced 15 turnovers and put Tennessee Tech into foul issues throughout the game.

“I think it was a key to the game to wear them down step by step,” Holtmann said. “This is something for us to build on.”

The defensive effort included holding All-Ohio Valley Conference guard Jud Dillard to just seven points, which was well below his 20.4 points-per-game average.

The 29.2 percent shooting from the field was the lowest of the season for Tennessee Tech.

It was Newsome that seemed to be in control most of the night.

As the Golden Eagles mounted a second-half rally to cut the GWU lead to 35-29, Newsome came back with a jumper and Jerome Hill had back-to-back lay-ups to extend the Runnin’ Bulldog lead to 41-29 with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

The run halted any drive that Tennessee Tech was hoping to mount as the Golden Eagles got no closer than 11 points for the rest of the game.

“I think we just wanted to challenge shots and get up in transition,” Holtmann said. “We were able to do that for a bulk of the night.”

Matt Marseille scored 10 point to lead the Golden Eagles as the lone scorer in double-figures.

Along with Newsome’s 27 points and eight rebounds, Donta Harper added 11 points and five rebounds for the Runnin’ Bulldogs who moved to 2-0 against the Ohio Valley this season after beating Austin Peay, 72-62 in the 2012 Cancun Challenge.

In addition, Hill helped the cause defensively after taking a total of five charges in the game.

“Wow, that was very impressive,” Holtmann said. “I’ve never heard of a kid taking that many charges in a game since I’ve been coaching.”

For the game, the Runnin’ Bulldogs shot 43 percent form the field and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free-throw line.

“Our guys were really locked in,” Holtmann said. “They had a great way about them today.

“This was just an example of us getting better.”

The Runnin’ Bulldogs will take the week off for final exams before returning to action by hosting The Citadel at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Paul Porter Arena.

 

Gardner-Webb 61, Tennessee Tech 41

TENNESSEE TECH (5-4) — Matt Marseille 4-8 1-2 10, Lanerryl Johnson 2-8 2-4 8, Jud Dillard 2-12 3-6 7, Jeremiah Samarrippas 2-8 0-0 6, Dennis Ogbe 2-3 1-2 5, Javon McKay 1-4 0-0 2, Ryon Riggins 1-1 0-0 2, Terrell Barnes 0-2 1-2 1, Mitchell Hill 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-48 8-16 41.

GARDNER-WEBB (6-5) — Tashan Newsome 8-12 8-10 27, Donta Harper 5-13 1-1 11, Jerome Hill 3-5 0-0 6, Kevin Hartley 2-6 0-0 5, Tyler Strange 2-3 0-0 4, Max Landis 1-5 1-2 4, Corey Hensley 1-2 0-0 2, Isaiah Ivey 0-1 2-2 2, Jarvis Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Mike Byron 0-1 0-0 0, Onzie Branch 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22-51 12-15 61.

Halftime — GWU 32, Tennessee Tech 23. 3-point goals — Tennessee Tech 5-13 (Samarrippas 2-3, Johnson 2-6, Marseille 1-2, McKay 0-2); GWU 5-19 (Newsome 3-6, Hartley 1-4, Landis 1-5, Harper 0-1, Strange 0-1, Ivey 0-1, Davis 0-1). Rebounds — Tennessee Tech 30 (Dillard, Barnes 7); GWU 37 (Newsome 8). Assists — Tennessee Tech 9 (Samarrippas 5); GWU 12 (Strange 4). Turnovers — Tennessee Tech 15; GWU 12. Blocks — Tennessee Tech 0; GWU 4. Steals — Tennessee Tech 2; GWU 2. Personal fouls — Tennessee Tech 19; GWU 19. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — GWU. A — 1,645.