The Georgia Southwestern Men's Basketball Team (8-2) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne University (4-6), 68-52, Thursday evening on the first day of the
third annual Bearcat Holiday Classic at Horne Arena.
Phillip Brown (Jonesboro, Ga.) led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting for the Hurricanes, who won their second straight contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in the losing effort. The Bears also saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Georgia Southwestern was in complete control throughout as it rolled to a 39-14 halftime lead and increased its advantage to as much as 29 points (59-30) with 8:59 remaining in the contest.
The Hurricanes' Colin Slotter (Marietta, Ga.) and Milos Kleut (Belgrade, SERBIA) added nine points each as Georgia Southwestern limited L-R to just 33 percent shooting (17-for-51) for the contest.
Brown, Kleut and Marlon Rivera (Rio Piedras, PUERTO RICO) all pulled down nine rebounds each for the Hurricanes, who held a 49-26 advantage on the boards.
Senior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) added 10 points for Lenoir-Rhyne in his third game back after missing over a year because of a knee injury.
Lenoir-Rhyne plays the host school, Lander, on the final day of the tournament Friday afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. Georgia Southwestern takes on Coastal Georgia in the first game of the doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 68, LRU 52
1st 2nd Total
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 14 38 - 52
Georgia Southwestern.......... 39 29 - 68
LRU: McCLURE 4, DELLINGHAM 5, THOMAS 2, TERRELL 2, HATHCOCK 4, DAVIS 2, McCLINTOCK 2, BROWN 2, BLACKMON 10, HAWKINS 2, JONES 17. FG: 17-51, 3FG: 1-7, FT: 17-20. 26 REBOUNDS, 15 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN: SLOTTER 9, MOBLEY 5, KENIMER 5, BROWN 26 (9 REBOUNDS), RIVERA 4 (9 REBOUNDS), KLEUT 9 (9 REBOUNDS), GLOVER 8 (6 REBOUNDS), ANDRE 2. FG: 24-58, 3FG: 5-17, FT: 15-25. 49 REBOUNDS, 19 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Allan Jones, LRU Athletics