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Kevin Hartley tied his career-high with 16 points in just 19 minutes Saturday afternoon.
Courtesy: Heather Pendergraft / GWU Photo Team
Runnin' Bulldogs Roll Past Spalding, 83-54, Saturday Afternoon
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          Release: December 22, 2012
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BOILING SPRINGS - Kevin Hartley and Tashan Newsome each scored 16 points as Gardner-Webb cruised past Spalding (Ky.) 83-54 Saturday afternoon.

Donta Harper added 13 points for the Runnin' Bulldogs (8-6), who are off to their best start since the 2004-2005 season.

"I'm proud of our focus today," said Gardner-Webb head coach Chris Holtmann. "We need to continue to improve each and every day. [The non-conference] season has given us plenty of positive moments. It has also provided us with opportunities to see where we need to make significant improvements. I really like this team."

Gardner-Webb led by as many as 18 in the first half and as many as 34 in the second half against the overmatched Golden Eagles (3-5).

Newsome scored in a variety of ways, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from the floor. He added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 22 minutes of action – as Gardner-Webb went deep into its bench Saturday afternoon for long stretches.

Hartley continued his hot shooting touch, draining 4-of-5 shots from long range. He added nine rebounds, three assists and a steal in an efficient 19 minutes of action. The Klein, Texas, native tied his career-high scoring total set earlier this season in the win at DePaul.

Jerome Hill (eight points, four rebounds) and Corey Hensley (seven points, three rebounds) were solid in the paint and Gardner-Webb owned a 25-8 edge in points off of turnovers. A stout GWU defense held the Golden Eagles 31 points below their season scoring average.

Point guard Tyler Strange directed an efficient attack, tying his career-high with 10 assists. His effort helped Gardner-Webb post a strong 19-assist team effort with only 10 turnovers.

The Runnin' Bulldogs shot a solid 49.2 percent from the floor (29-of-59), drained nearly half of its three-point attempts (6-of-13, 46.2 percent) and had one of its best games of the season at the free throw line (19-of-24, 79.2 percent).

Gardner-Webb jumped out to early leads of 17-5 and 26-10 over the game's first 11 minutes, and Spalding would find itself in a 38-20 hole with 2:16 remaining before intermission. GWU led 41-27 at the break.

The Runnin' Bulldogs stormed on a 16-4 run early in the second half to take a 59-33 lead with 12:17 to go, and the Golden Eagles would get no closer than 23 the rest of the way. An Onzie Branch layup with 7:56 to play gave Gardner-Webb its first 30-point cushion of the game, and Gardner-Webb would rest its starters for the final four minutes.

Spalding got 19 points from Dewhon McAfee on a tough 7-of-21 shooting night (2-of-10 from three-point range). McAfee, who entered Saturday averaging 26.0 ppg, scored eight of his points in the game's final 2:48.

Forward Renaldo Moore came off the bench to score eight points and three other Golden Eagles finished the game with six. Spalding shot 41.2 percent for the game (21-of-51) and 6-of-22 from long distance (27.3 percent).

Garder-Webb will take its longest break away from the court of the season, returning to action on Saturday, January 5 at Campbell to open Big South Conference play. Opening tip in Buies Creek, N.C., is set for 3:30 pm.



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