Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball lost its third game over its past four contests in a 91-80 defeat at Catawba on Monday night. Darius Simmons and R.J. Gunn combined for 46 points but the Bears trailed for the last 28:27 of the contest.
In the first half, the Bears were just 1-of-10 from long range in the opening 20 minutes but finished 16-of-32 from the field. After the game was tied at 18 with 9:09 to play, Catawba ended the half outscoring the Bears 25-15.
The Bears cut the lead to five points on three occasions in the second half but couldn’t pull any closer. Simmons had 15 and Gunn had 14 in the final 20 minutes with Gunn adding seven boards.
Catawba shot 15-of-28 in the second half, good for a 53.6 percent clip and outrebounded LR 22-16.
Cooper Fowler entered the game without a point scored outside of Shuford Gym but scored seven and had two rebounds and a block. Davion Bradford, the league’s leader in field goal percentage, went 3-of-5 and is now 21-of-26 over his past six games.
Lenoir-Rhyne came in shooting just 28 percent from long range over its last five games and went just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) in this one. Catawba had been allowing opponents to shoot 43.0 percent from long range coming into the game.
The Bears entered shooting 78 percent as a team from the free throw line but went just 9-of-20. L-R manaaged only nine points off its bench.
L-R is 8-5 overall and in South Atlantic Conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne will close out the 2020-21 regular season with a trip to Tusculum on Wednesday evening at 5:30.