The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (11-3, 6-3) made it six victories in a row with a 56-50 win over Newberry (8-5, 4-5) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) once again led the Bears, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Charles, the reigning SAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week, added four three-pointers while senior forward Nneka Awuruonye (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied 11 points off the bench for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Newberry was led by Zara Pearson (Echuca, AUSTRALIA) with 14 points but the Wolves saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
L-R held a 31-22 advantage at halftime and increased its lead to 13 points before holding on the rest of the way.
Newberry cut the advantage to 46-45 on a field goal by Haylee Lepaio (Bathurst, AUSTRALIA) with 3:50 left but Lenoir-Rhyne responded with the next seven points and remained in control to the end of regulation.
Lenoir-Rhyne held Newberry to just 30 percent shooting (17-of-57) from the floor including 19 percent (four-of-21) from behind the three-point line in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference game in Anderson, S.C., on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Newberry, meanwhile, hosts Brevard on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., as well.
Bears Lose In Double OT, McClure Pours In 52
Despite breaking several notable records, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (7-6, 6-3) fell to Newberry (10-3, 6-3), 134-127, in double overtime Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.
Newberry's Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) scored a team-high 35 points and hit several key baskets down the stretch as the Wolves were able to outlast the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite a record-setting performance from senior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.), who broke the league record for points in a game (52) and the school record for three-pointers in a game with 12.
As a team, the Bears set a new mark for three-pointers (19) in a contest but gave up the most points in school history.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 31 points to go along with five treys and hit all 10 free throw attempts for the Bears, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to force overtime.
Entering the second overtime tied at 113, the Wolves took control by scoring the first six points and remained in the lead the rest of the way. Newberry had extended the game after falling behind by four points in the first extra session.
Newberry's DeMarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) added 24 points off the bench and connected on 11-of-12 free throw attempts as the Wolves finished 43-of-60 (72 percent) from the charity stripe on the night. Newberry also held a 54-40 edge in rebounding and shot 50 percent (39-of-78) from the field in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was one point off of tying the school record for points in a game - 128 vs. Concordia during the 1976-77 campaign - despite the loss.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson on the road in Anderson, S.C., while Newberry remains at home to take on Brevard.
Photo Courtesy: R.J. McClure, L-R Athletics