Tusculum Snaps Lenoir-Rhyne's Winning Streak



The Tusculum College Women's Basketball Team (8-16, 8-12) ended a nine-game winning streak for Lenoir-Rhyne (20-5, 15-5), 65-62, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Pioneer Arena.




The Pioneers were led by Nequoiah Anderson (Washington, D.C.) with 20 points while Shynese Whitener (Newton, N.C.) added 19 points as Tusculum rallied from a 62-57 deficit with 1:28 remaining to take the win.


The Pioneers scored the last eight points of the contest including a three-point play from Anderson with 28 seconds on the clock which gave Tusculum the lead for good.


Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II and first in the latest Southeast Region Poll, received a game-high 21 points junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) despite the loss. However, L-R remained tied for first place in the league standings with Wingate.


Kristen McMillion (Fayetteville, N.C.) added a double-double - 14 points and 10 rebounds - for the Pioneers, who won for the seventh time in the last nine outings and avenged a 39-point loss to the Bears earlier in the year.


L-R senior forward Nneka Awuruonye (Charlotte, N.C.) also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points but the Bears couldn't hold a 13-point lead early in the second half.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker on Senior Night in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Tusculum, meanwhile, faces Anderson on the road Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m., as well.



Lenoir-Rhyne Avoids Upset Rallies To Defeat Tusculum



The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (14-10, 13-7) came from behind in the end to beat Tusculum (3-23, 2-18), 67-60, Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena in a South Atlantic Conference affair.


Senior forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points for the Bears, who ended the contest on a 9-2 run in the final 2:21 of regulation.


With the score tied at 58 with 1:46 left, senior forward Mark Terrell (Keswick, Va.) gave the Bears the lead for good with a field goal and Lenoir-Rhyne iced the game by scoring its final seven points from the charity stripe.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) added 14 points as the Bears won their third consecutive game and swept the season series from the Pioneers.


Tusculum was led by Darius Carter (Cascade, Va.) and Addison Flynn (Fayetteville, Ga.) with 19 and 18 points, respectively, but the Pioneers lost their seventh straight game.


Lenoir-Rhyne, who rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime, also received 11 points and three treys from sophomore guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.). L-R remained tied for fourth place in the league standings with Newberry as well.


In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker on Senior Night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium while Tusculum travels to Anderson, S.C., to play Anderson.



Lenoir-Rhyne Splits Two Games Saturday In The Catawba Softball Invitational


The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (7-3) fell to GRU Augusta, 4-1, before shutting out Davis & Elkins by a 6-0 score Saturday at the Catawba Invitational at Salisbury Community Park.


GRU Augusta 4,, Lenoir-Rhyne 1

The Jaguars' Paige Deschaine (Summerville, S.C.) (3-5) struck out 14 batters and limited the Bears to just one run in the win.


The Jaguars broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Molly Walton (Morrison, Colo.) scored the game-winning run for GRU Augusta.


L-R sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (4-1) suffered her first loss of the year but did not allow an earned run in going the distance.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Bears' lone run of the game.



Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Davis & Elkins 0

L-R sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) (3-2) threw a one-hit shutout to lead the Bears to the win. Hoskins also struck out 10 batters while Landreth hit another home run in the victory.


Landreth opened the scoring for the Bears with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning before L-R put the contest away with a four-run sixth frame.


Senior third baseman Haily Jarman (Wadesboro, N.C.) hit a two-run single in the inning for the Bears while the Senators' Autumn Appleby (Greencastle, Pa.) took the loss.



Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Downs Belmont Abbey In Home Opener



The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (1-1) held on to defeat Belmont Abbey (1-2), 7-6, Saturday afternoon in the Bears' 2014 home opener at Moretz Stadium.


L-R junior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) led the way with a match-high five goals and junior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished with 20 saves in the win.


Belmont Abbey's Riley Quinlan (Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA) and Joey McGinley (Merrick, N.Y.) each scored twice despite the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne took a 2-0 deficit after one period of play and turned it into a 7-4 advantage midway through the final stanza. McGinley then scored twice for the Crusaders but the Bears were able to hold on for the victory.


Senior midfielder Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) added a goal and an assist for the Bears, who won despite a 41-27 edge in shots taken by the Crusaders.

Junior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) also scored for Lenoir-Rhyne, who did hold a 20-17 advantage in ground balls on the afternoon.

For Belmont Abbey, goalkeeper Brett Lawless (Phoeniz, Ariz.) finished with 10 saves on the day while Brendan Rogers (Sayville, Va.) and Scotty Steele (Severna Park, Md.) found the back of the net for the Crusaders as well.



Lincoln Memorial Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From Lenoir-Rhyne, 4-1 And 9-2



The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (8-4-1, 6-2) swept Lenoir-Rhyne (3-11, 1-7), 4-1 and 9-2, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Bears Field.



Game One - Lincoln Memorial 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 1



Trailing by a 1-0 score, the Railsplitters rallied with a four-run eighth inning to take the first contest on the day.


Lincoln Memorial's Josh Coker (Murphy, N.C.) broke a one-all tie with a bases-clearing double in the frame while Zac Butler (Blue Springs, Mo.) went the distance in the win.


Butler allowed just one unearned run while scattering five hits and striking out seven batters in improving to 2-2 on the season.


L-R junior Jeremy Coburn (Louisburg, N.C.) (2-2) took a shutout into the eighth inning but couldn't hold the lead in the setback.


Game Two - Lincoln Memorial 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 (seven innings)

The Railsplitters took control early with a six-run second inning to open the scoring as Lincoln Memorial completed the sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne.


Jean Rodriguez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and Colin Buckner (Harrodsburg, Ky.) tallied two-run hits in the frame. Buckner finished with three runs batted in for the contest while Kyle Floyd (Windsor, Ill.) added three hits and two runs scored in the win.


L-R junior first baseman Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) and freshman catcher Ray Plymette (Virginia Beach, Va.) drove in runs for the Bears despite the loss.


On the mound in the second game, Lincoln Memorial's Wes Todd (Franklin, Tenn.) (3-0) allowed two unearned runs in the victory while junior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) fell to 0-3 with the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne next faces North Greenville on the road on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., in Tigerville, S.C., while Lincoln Memorial returns home to host Kentucky State in a doubleheader Wednesday beginning at Noon.