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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Newman delivers another league win

BY matt browning
The Wichita Eagle

When Newman men's basketball coach Mark Potter looked at the scouting report for Dallas Baptist, he found that it was nearly identical to his own team.

Both had scored a lot of points, shot a lot of three-pointers and played a fast-paced style.

Potter figured that if his team could muster enough stops on the defensive end, then that would be enough for it to win for the eighth time in 10 games.

While the Patriots shot the ball at a decent clip — 50 percent from the floor, 43 percent from the three-point line — it was the Jets' defensive savvy that led them to an 86-81 home victory on Thursday night to improve to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in Heartland Conference play.

Newman forced 20 turnovers and also had a handful of other passes it deflected.

"We made some mistakes defensively but we also made some nice plays," Potter said. "In the end though, we had 10 more possessions than they did and I think that was huge."

Leading Newman's four players in double figures was Keaton Schultz with 20 points — 12 of which came from behind the arc.

As a team, the Jets shot 8 of 23 from the three-point line; 16 of those attempts came in the first half.

"I'd have to go back and look at the tape, but I think most of those three-point shots were good looks," Potter said.

"That's how we play," Schultz said. "We play run and gun and shoot a lot of threes."

Newman shifted its offense to more of an attack mode in the second half. Using different sets involving ball-screens, the Jets got to the basket on a regular basis.

Jake Darby benefited most from the change in philosophy, as he used his athleticism — what Potter called "stuff I can't teach" — to get uncontested layups. Darby scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.

"I decided I needed to start being more aggressive and get to the basket," Darby said. "We knew that with as well as we were hitting threes that it would open space to the rim."

Trailing by as many as seven in the first half, Newman closed the half with a 13-5 run, which included a layup by William Burdette with five seconds left to give the Jets a 40-39 halftime lead.

Trailing 63-59 in the second half, Dallas Baptist made a 12-2 run to retake the lead, holding the Jets scoreless for nearly four minutes.

But that was the last time Dallas Baptist led.

Newman answered back with a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, and the Patriots' last field goal came with 6:50 remaining.

The closing minutes didn't come without drama however. Newman missed three-front ends of one and ones, and made just 14 of 26 free-throws for the game.

However, leading 84-81 with 11 seconds left, Jarvis Jackson hit two free throws to seal the win.

Jaray Mathews added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Jets.

DALLAS BAPTIST (8-6, 3-2): Gloviak 3-4 0-0 6, McGowen 8-12 1-1 20, Lewis 1-3 2-4 4, Baumann 4-14 4-5 15, Adamson 5-11 7-8 21, Dale 4-5 0-0 8, Wiechman 3-4 1-3 7, Whitmire 0-2 0-0 0, Carrington 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 15-21 81.

NEWMAN (11-4, 5-1): Mathews 6-10 5-7 19, Berry 3-6 2-5 8, Darby 4-7 7-9 15, Schultz 8-13 0-0 20, Steven 4-8 2-2 12, Burdette 2-7 1-2 5, Jackson 2-4, 2-5, 6, Northington 0-4 1-4 1, Brumbelow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 20-34 86.

Halftime — Newman 40, Dallas Baptist 39. 3 pt. shooting — Dallas Baptist 10-23 (Adamson 4-8, McGowen 3-4, Baumann 3-8, Lewis 0-1, Dale 0-1, Whitmire 0-1); Newman 8-23 (Schultz 4-7, Mathews 2-4, Steven 2-6, Darby 0-3, Jackson 0-2, Northington 0-1). Rebounds — Dallas Baptist 38 (McGowen 9); Newman 33 (Mathews 10). Total fouls — Dallas Baptist 26, Newman 19. Assists — Dallas Baptist 13 (Lewis 5), Newman 8 (Jackson, Mathews 2).

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