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Nas Tyson
Nas Tyson scored 22 points for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Falls to Anderson

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team dropped a 76-69 decision at home to Anderson on Wednesday night inside Shuford Arena. The Trojans outscored LR by 10 points in the second half to erase a 37-34 deficit at the break and secure the season sweep of LR with tonight’s win. The three point line was a big difference in this game as LR went 5-of-22 while the Trojans hit 10 of 19.

It was Garrett Denbow that was the offensive standout as he had a game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting but went a scorching 6-of-10 from long range for Anderson. The Bears top performer was Nas Tyson who missed just one shot on his way to 17 points on 8-of-9 from the field. Tyson didn’t miss a 2-point attempt on the night. Luke Denbow added 13 for the visitors and hit all three of his long range attempts as the Denbow’s combined for nine of the team’s 10 made triples. Austin Webb came off the bench for Anderson and had 14 points and four rebounds and went 5-of-7 from the field.

Jaquias Franklin finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting for LR and grabbed three boards to go with two assists and two steals. The duo of Franklin and Tyson combined for 32 points and went 14-of-16 from the floor. Tay Smith was the third player in double figure scoring for LR as he had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, LR shot 53.7 percent from the floor and only turned the ball over 11 times. However, Anderson had the advantage from long range and were +7 on the boards. Neither team had great performances from the free throw line but Anderson took 19 free throws (12 makes) compared to just 11 attempts for LR (6 makes).

Anderson has swept LR in two of the past three seasons. Anderson shot 25-of-47 from long range in the two games against LR this season. They average just 8.5 made three pointers per game andshot 34.9 percent from three for the year. Anderson improves to 5-1 in their last six overall games. This is just the third home loss of the season for LR.

This loss drops LR behind idle Limestone for the eighth and final spot in the SAC Tournament. However, there is still six games left in the regular season and plenty of time for the Bears to move up the standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 11-11 overall, 6-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will hit the road for a tough battle at Carson-Newman on Saturday at 4 p.m.