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TJ Nesmith
TJ Nesmith led the Bears with 24 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Picks Up First Conference Win of Season

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team used an 18-2 run in the second half and held Newberry scoreless for a five minute stretch to earn a 23-point victory, 84-61, on Wednesday night in Shuford Arena. The Bears hit a season-high 13 3-pointers in the win and held Newberry to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.

Lenoir-Rhyne ran out to a 35-24 lead in the first half and never trailed in the opening 20 minutes before taking a 37-32 edge into the break. P.J. Joseph was the offensive catalyst for the Bears, coming off the bench to score nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.

The Bears held a 20-18 edge in rebounds in the first half and shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) while Newberry hit just 40 percent (12-of-30). Nas Tyson had seven points and six rebounds in the first half.

An early spurt for the Wolves evened the contest at 40 but the Bears would respond with an 18-2 spurt to take a 58-42 advantage. Newberry would finally end a five minute scoreless drought with a basket at the 11:13 mark. LR would push the lead to as many as 23 which ended up being the final score at 84-61.

Nesmith finished the game with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting and L.J. McCoy hit six 3-pointers on 11 attempts and finished with 18 points. Nas Tyson had 14 points and seven boards and Hamilton Campbell handed out eight assists without committing a turnover.

This is the first of three games between LR and Newberry due to unbalanced scheduling in the league.

The 84 points were a season-high for the Bears. LR finished +9 on the boards in the contest, against one of the best rebounding teams in the league. As a team, LR had 20 assists and just eight turnovers.

The Bears ars 5-3 overall, 1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return to action with a road game at Anderson on Saturday at 4 p.m.