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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team saw its losing streak reach three straight in a tough loss at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon, 86-57, The Bears were held to a season-low 57 points and fall for the 14th straight time at B. Frank Turner Arena.
A 3-pointer by Jaquias Franklin at the 17:17 mark gave Lenoir-Rhyne an 8-7 lead. Just over two minutes later, Franklin would hit another three to put the Bears up 11-10. The Bears held a high-powered Lincoln Memorial offense to just 10 points in the first 8:30 of the first half before the Railsplitters started to get hot. Franklin’s jumper at the 5:03 mark made the LMU lead 24-23. However, from that point on LMU would outscore LR 14-2 in the final five minutes of the half. The Bears would shoot 10 of 30 in the first half but did convert four of nine 3-pointers. LMU was held to 47 percent shooting and just 4-of-15 from deep.
After closing out the first half on a 14-2 run, LMU would outscore the Bears 48-32 in the second half. From the 5:03 mark of the first half on, the Railsplitters outscored LR 62-34. LMU shot 16 of 28 from the field, converting at a 57.1 percent clip. For the game, LMU shot 51.6 percent.
This is the third straight opponent to shoot over 57 percent in the second half against LR. Martez Brown would finish the game with 14 points and 18 rebounds and went 6-of-7 from the field.
The last win by an LR team at Lincoln Memorial was a narrow 75-73 victory on Feb. 13, 2010. Franklin finished with 17 points and went 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. LR has had more success than any SAC team against LMU in the past five years, beating the Railsplitters three times since 2019 – all at LR. The Bears only committed 10 turnovers in the game but were out rebounded 44-29.
LMU held a 44-18 advantage in points in the paint. The Bears are holding the eighth seed in the league standings as Tusculum jumped past them with a win over Catawba.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 9-8 overall, 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will stay on the road to take on Anderson on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.