The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (4-5) made it three victories in a row with a 67-61 win over Elizabeth City State (6-4) Saturday afternoon on the final day
of the 2011 Southeastern Tool-Don Cheeks-Dr. John Riley USC Aiken Pre-Holiday Classic at the Convocation Center.
Sophomore forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) was one of five players to score in double figures for the Bears as he finished with a team-high 14 points.
L-R sophomore guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) added 11 points and hit three treys while junior forward B.J. Beasley (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied 10 points and finished 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the win.
Elizabeth City State was led by Quintin Spady (Norfolk, Va.) with a game-high 17 points and five three-pointers while Glenn Patterson (Red Springs, N.C.) added 14 points for the Vikings in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne opened up a 29-14 lead on a pair of free throws by Beasley late in the first half before the Bears took a 31-22 advantage into intermission.
Elizabeth City State cut the deficit to one in the second half on two occasions and trailed 63-61 with just over a minute left before L-R rounded out the scoring with the game's final four points.
L-R freshman guard A.J. McKenzie (Gastonia, N.C.) hit a lay-up with 1:03 remaining before McClure connected with two from the charity stripe with 27 seconds left to make it a six-point final.
Senior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) and freshman guard Denzel Dillingham (Hickory, N.C.) each scored 10 points as well for the Bears, who hit 21-of-25 free throw attempts in the contest and held a 40-26 advantage in rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Bearcat Holiday Classic against Georgia Southwestern on Thursday, December 29, in Lander, S.C., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth City State takes on Livingstone in a CIAA contest on Thursday, January 5, 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C.
LRU 67, ELIZABETH CITY ST. 61
1st 2nd Total
Elizabeth City State.......... 22 39 - 61
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 31 36 - 67
ECS: JONES 2, PRICE 6, SPADY 17, SHARPLESS 11 (8 REBOUNDS), PATTERSON 14, GOLDSMITH 6, MOORE 3, AYERS 2. FG: 24-58, 3FG: 9-25, FT: 4-8. 29 REBOUNDS, 11 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
LRU: BEASLEY 10 (6 REBOUNDS), McCLURE 11, McKENZIE 6, DILLINGHAM 10 (4 ASSISTS), DAVIS 4, BLACKMON 10, HAWKINS 2, JONES 14 (7 REBOUNDS). FG: 21-48, 3FG: 4-13, FT: 21-25. 40 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Allan Jones, LRU Athletics