The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (8-8, 4-3) won its fourth consecutive game, 61-58, over Catawba (4-11, 1-6) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Goodman Gymnasium.
Senior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) and sophomore forward
Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) each scored a team-high 13 points to pace the Bears in the win.
Catawba's Willie Gilmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) came off the bench to lead all scorers with 14 points despite the loss.
The Indians jumped out to a 26-18 lead with 5:25 remaining before halftime on a three-point play by Stuart Thomson (Poynton, ENGLAND) but the Bears rallied to take a 33-30 lead into the break.
L-R saw its advantage grow to eight points at 45-37 on a lay-up by senior guard Kevin Davis (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 13:22 mark of the second half before Catawba made a run to retake the lead.
The Indians held a 58-56 advantage with 1:15 left before the Bears scored the final five points en route to the win. A three-point play from junior forward B.J. Beasley (Charlotte, N.C.) with 30 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Sophomore forward Matt Kunz (Kernersville, N.C.) added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, all in the first half, for Lenoir-Rhyne as well.
Catawba's Cameron Lovelace (Cherryville, N.C.) chipped in with 11 points but the Indians shot just 39 percent (20-of-51) from the field in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Harrogate, Tenn., to take on Lincoln Memorial in a league contest beginning at 8:00 p.m. Catawba remains at home to face SAC-rival Newberry beginning at 4:00 p.m.
LRU 61, CATAWABA 58
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 33 28 - 61
Catawba....................... 30 28 - 58
LRU: BLACKMON 13, JONES 13, BEASLEY 8 (8 REBOUNDS), DAVIS 9 (7 REBOUNDS), McCLINTOCK 6, KUNZ 12 (6 REBOUNDS). FG: 25-60. 3FG: 4-15, FT: 7-10. 36 REBOUNDS, 16 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
CATAWBA: MARTIN 3, MOORE 9 (7 REBOUNDS), LITTLE 6 (8 REBOUNDS). LOVELACE 11, HUNTLEY 10, DRAKEFORD 2, THOMSON 3, GILMORE 14. FG: 20-51, 3FG: 6-16, FT: 12-14. 32 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 7 ASSISTS.
LRU Women Fall At Catawba
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team (12-4, 4-3) tried to rally from a large first-half deficit but fell short to Catawba College (10-5, 5-2), 64-59, Wednesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Catawba's Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM) led all scorers with 18 points and hit four three-pointers while Nisha Long (Dallas, N.C.) added 16 points to lead the Indians to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Whitley Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.) with 17 points and nine rebounds and freshman guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Bears were done in by shooting 25 percent (21-of-83) from the field.
The Indians were in complete control throughout most of the contest as they scored the game's first 10 points and led by as many as 23 points in the first half when Bully hit a lay-up at the 6:37 mark before break for a 31-8 advantage.
Catawba entered intermission with a 41-23 lead and held off a furious Lenoir-Rhyne rally in the second half to snap the Bears' eight-game winning streak against the Indians.
L-R put together a long second-half comeback and cut the margin to three points on two occasions, 59-56 and 62-59, but Long sank a pair of three throws with six seconds left for the game's final two points for Catawba in the win.
The Indians' Dana Hicks (York, S.C.) added a double-double - 10 points and 14 rebounds - but the Bears held a 66-50 edge in rebounding for the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference contest Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 6:00 p.m. Catawba, meanwhile, remains at home to face league-foe Newberry Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
CATAWBA 64, LRU 59
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 23 36 - 59
Catawba....................... 41 23 - 64
LRU: CULLER 17 (9 REBOUNDS), CHARLES 11 (11 REBOUNDS), BRINKLEY 4, SEALEY 9, GUST 4, KATT 2, PATTON 8, JOHNSON 2, LAUGHTER 2. FG: 21-83, 3FG: 2-16, FT: 15-27. 66 REBOUNDS, 16 TURNOVERS, 9 ASSISTS.
CATAWBA: CONNOR 10, MERRITT 2 (8 REBOUNDS), HICKS 10 (14 REBOUNDS), BULLY 18, LONG 16, CLAY 3, MORRISON 3, SULLIVAN 2. FG: 22-65, 3FG: 5-15, FT: 15-26. 50 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: D..J. Blackmon, LRU Athletics