The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (15-10, 14-7) won its fourth straight game on Senior Night, 77-68 over Coker (13-12, 10-11) Wednesday night at Shuford Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.


L-R senior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points including 20 after halftime as the Bears remained tied for fourth place in the league standings with Newberry.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 18 points off the bench as the Bears swept the season series from the Cobras.


Coker was led by Julian Nelson (Irmo, S.C.) with 18 points and Errick Bethel (Irmo, S.C.) added 16 points in the losing effort.


Lenoir-Rhyne trailed at halftime by a 38-34 score but took the lead for a good on a trey by McClure which broke a 42-all tie with 15:27 remaining in the contest.


The Bears stayed ahead the rest of the way and iced the contest by scoring their last nine points from the line in the final 1:26 of regulation.


L-R senior forward Mark Terrell (Keswick, Va.) also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points as the Bears improved to 10-1 at home this season.


Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to take on Mars Hill on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the league regular season finale while Coker faces Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., as well.



L-R Women Pull One Out Over Coker, 48-41


The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (21-5, 16-5), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, celebrated Senior Night in fine fashion with a 48-41 win over Coker (11-14, 9-12) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


L-R junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led the way with a double-double - 11 points and 10 rebounds - as the Bears remained tied with Wingate for first place in the league standings.


L-R also received 10 points off the bench from junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.), the team's leading scorer, as the Bears overcame some offensive struggles early to sweep the season series from the Cobras.


Tenesha Stenson (Nashville, Tenn.) scored 10 points to lead the Cobras, who finished just 25 percent (15-of-61) from the floor in suffering their fourth straight loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region this week, took the lead for good on a jump shot by Gust with 9:50 remaining in the contest for a 32-30 advantage.


Lenoir-Rhyne slowly increased its lead to eight points en route to the win. The Bears also held a 51-36 advantage on the boards.


In the final slate of South Atlantic Conference regular season games on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne faces Mars Hill on the road in Mars Hill, N.C., while Coker visits Tusculum.



Lenoir-Rhyne Sweeps Doubleheader From Lees-McRae In Softball



The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (11-3) swept a doubleheader from Lees-McRae (3-12), 7-0 and 7-2, Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field.


Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Lees-McRae 0

L-R sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw a three-hit shutout while the Bears broke the game open with a six-run third inning.


Hoskins struck out 13 batters in improving to 5-2 on the season for the Bears.


L-R senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) highlighted the frame with a two-run home run and finished the contest with two hits and three runs batted in.


Six of the Bears' 10 hits in the contest were for extra bases while Lees-McRae's Celeste Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) (1-6) suffered the loss.


Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Lees-McRae 2

L-R senior shortstop Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.) led the way with four runs batted in as the Bears completed the sweep of the Bobcats.


Mizelle broke a one-all tie with a two-run single in the second inning while L-R sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (6-1) earned the win on the mound.


Hole struck out 10 batters and freshman catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with three hits and two runs scored as well for the Bears.


For Lees-McRae, Sarah Beth Ashley (Walkertown, N.C.) hit a solo home run but Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) (1-6) took the loss.



Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Recovers With 8-4 Win Over North Greenville



The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (4-11) put an end to its five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over North Greenville (3-9) Wednesday afternoon at Ashmore Field.


L-R sophomore shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) drove in three runs and the Bears erased a 3-1 deficit to take the win.


Trailing by a 3-1 score entering the sixth inning, the Bears put up five runs to take the lead for good. L-R freshman third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) drove in the game-winning run in the inning.


Newcomer finished with three hits while junior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) scored three times as the Bears defeated the Crusaders for the second time in three chances this year.


North Greenville lost despite home runs from Tyler Mitchell (Laurens, S.C.) and Taylor Hollifield (Boiling Springs, S.C.).


On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (1-0) pitched the final seven inning to earn the win while Zach Smith (Greer, S.C.) (0-1) suffered the defeat for North Greenville.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference action this weekend at home beginning with a 6:00 p.m., contest on Friday against Catawba at Bears Field. North Greenville plays at Anderson tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.



Photo Courtesy: R.J. McClure, L-R Athletics