Washington will face No. 1 seed Martinsburg (24-2) for a fourth time this year in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today. The Patriots lost the earlier two meetings in January by scores of 72-58 and 61-42, then lost 61-55 in the sectionals.
"We played them really tough in the sectionals," Bullett said. "Earlier in the season, they beat us by 14 and 19 points. That was earlier in the season, though. We have matured more. We are a lot more patient on offense.
"[Today], we are going to have to continue to be patient. If we can keep the game in the 40s and 50s then I think we have a chance."
Washington guards Kendell Smith and Keldon Bell notched double-doubles against South. Bell finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds while Smith scored 11 points and pulled down 11 boards. Forward Jerome Jones finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds as Washington outrebounded South 49-34.
With 26 seconds left, South's Dylan Rippeto nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 56. Washington quickly inbounded and Newman took the ball the length of the court and made a layup.
"After they hit the 3, I knew they were excited," Newman said. "But, I knew they weren't going to get back immediately and I just took advantage of that."
On the ensuing possession, South's Tyler Bolen was fouled on his drive to the basket. Bolen misfired on both free throws and Smith secured the rebound and victory for Washington.
Wes Mitchem led South with 20 points and nine rebounds but injured his ankle with five minutes left in the game. Mitchem attempted to come back after being heavily taped but couldn't finish.
"Wes came to us and said, 'Coach, I'm going to hurt us if I stay out there because I can't jump,'" said South coach Mike Fallon. "That took a lot out of him. That tells you what type of young man he is to be able to do that because a lot of kids would go out there and try to do it."