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LJ McCoy
LJ McCoy led the Bears with 22 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

L-R Men’s Basketball Defeats Converse 67-58

L.J. McCoy scored 22 points and went 5-for-8 from long range to lead the Bears to a 9-point victory over Converse inside Shuford Arena on Saturday in non-conference action. The win improves the Bears home mark to 3-0 on the season.

McCoy was 7-for-10 from the field and added a pair of assists in the victory. Nas Tyson finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added four rebounds and a pair of steals. McCoy missed just one shot in the second half, going 5-of-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from deep.

Jalen Johnson came off the bench to pour in 15 points — 13 in the first half — and had a team-high six boards. Two big spurts were what LR needed to pull this one out. In the first half, LR used a 15-3 run to make a 21-18 lead extend to 36-21 in the final minutes of the first half. Converse cut it to 44-40 in the second half but a 18-3 stretch secured the win for LR.

The Bears turned the ball over just eight times in the victory and hit 10 3-pointers. The trio of McCoy, Tyson and Johnson combined for 52 of LR’s 67 points.

Converse shot 57.1 percent in the second half and held a 16-8 advantage on the glass in the final 20 minutes.

This was the first meeting all-time between these two programs. The Bears are now 7-4 in the last two Novembers.

This was the 538th all-time win for LR inside Shuford Arena.

The Bears are 4-1. LR will return to action with a matchup against Columbus St. on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.