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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team shot just under 50 percent from the field and hit 10 3-pointers while holding Mars Hill to their second-lowest scoring output this year as the Bears dominated on the road in an 80-59 win. LR held the Lions to just 41.5 percent shooting and 30.8 percent from long range. The Bears also hit 16-of-17 from the free throw line in the win.
The Bears held Mars Hill to just 25 first half points and permitted the Lions to connect on just 35.7 percent shooting. LR went into the break with a 37-25 advantage thanks to a 15-2 run to close the period. Lenoir-Rhyne held Mars Hill to just two points in the final 7:09 of the first half. The Lions were scoreless for 5:25 of game action.
LR was paced by Tay Smith who went for 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Smith hit five three pointers and all four free throws. Nas Tyson had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Sam Martin was the third Bear in double figures with 10 points. Kory Davis had 18 points for the Lions and Kadyn Dawkins had 13. LR’s bench outscored the Lions reserves 22-5.
Smith’s 23 points and five threes are career highs. The Bears own a 74-34 all-time edge over Mars Hill in the head-to-head series including 11 of the last 12. Tyson has scored in double figures in seven straight games. The 21 point victory is the largest for LR since beating Coker by 38 on Jan 11. LR is 3-2 on the road and 1-1 in neutral site games. The Bears have played just two games at home this year.
The Bears are 6-3 overall, 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team will stay on the road to close out the week’s slate at Coker on Saturday at 4 p.m.