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

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Drops Conference Contest at Coker

Coker used a late 13-4 run to erase a 47-44 LR lead at the 5:03 mark to pull ahead 56-51 before a last second layup made the final 56-53 in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Bears to .500 overall but five losses have been by single digits and the past two by a combined seven points.

The Bears were cold from long range, shooting just 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) from the 3-point line and going 1-for-9 in the second half. L.J. McCoy led the Bears in scoring for the second straight game. McCoy finished with 12 points and went 3-of-6 from downtown. Nas Tyson had 10 points and six boards and TJ Nesmith came off the bench to add 10 points and six rebounds.

Salle Wilson and Tim Steele each chipped in five points off the bench and Percy Fyle had four points and three boards in his second straight start.

LR shot 34.6 percent from the field in the game and 33.3 percent in the second half. However, a free throw by Wilson put the Bears up 47-44 with 5:03 to go. After a pair of Coker free throws, Ian Blue hit a three to put the Cobras up 49-47, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Trailing 53-49, Tyson’s driving basket with 29 seconds cut the lead to a pair but Coker would go 3-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the win. Tate Mulkey led Coker with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Each of the past three matchups between LR and Coker have been decided by one possession. The Bears are just 1-4 on the road this season.

LR held Coker to just 28 percent shooting from three, the fifth straight opponent to shoot under 29 percent from deep. The Bears are allowing opponents to hit just 29.0 percent of their three-point attempts.

The Bears are 6-6 overall, 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Catawba for a 4 p.m. tipoff.