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Jaquias Franklin
Jaquias Franklin led the Bears with 20 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Falls to Coker

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team dropped a late season contest against Coker inside Shuford Arena on Wednesday night. The Bears held Coker under 100 points, the first time that the Cobras failed to break the century mark in their previous 12 contests. The loss drops LR back to .500 overall on the season and two games under the break-even point in SAC play.

Coker put up 52 points in the first half and went 11-of-23 from three in the first 20 minutes. Coker also held a 25-17 edge in rebounds in the opening half.

Coker scored 20 of the first 26 points in the game and didn’t look back. The Cobras led by as many as 20 as they saw a lead extend to 52-32 right before LR used a 5-0 run to close the first half.

The Bears clawed back in the second half and reduced the Coker lead to 75-72 after a triple from Jaheim Taylor with 6:29 to go. However, the Bears wouldn’t get closer down the stretch.

Coker had four players in double figures in scoring led by 24 from Andre Leavell. The Cobras finished 15-of-32 from long range and Tate Mulkey was a perfect 5-of-5. Six different players hit a three for Coker.

The Bears were led by 18 points from Jaquias Franklin who went 11-of-15 from the free throw line in the losing effort. LR had five players score in double figures.

The Bears got Chase Mebane back from an injury that saw him miss 16 games. This was Mebane’s first action since December 13 and finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.

LR drops to 8-2 all-time against Coker at home with each of those wins coming in the last three games. Tonight was Coker’s 10th SAC win of the season and secured the season split with LR.

LR hit 21 of 25 free throws on the night.

LR is 13-13 overall, 8-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team closes out the road portion of the 2023-24 schedule when they travel to Emory & Henry on Saturday at 4 p.m.