Darius Simmons became the 54th player in the 100 years of Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball to top 1,000 career points as the Bears defeated UVA Wise 98-63 on Wednesday evening. The Bears posted their first 30-point win since 2018 and nearly broke the single game team record for assists with 29, narrowly missing the mark of 31 set in 2000.
Simmons entered the game with 995 career points and teammate R.J. Gunn is 13 points away from joining Simmons in the 1,000-point club. Lenoir-Rhyne went 7-of-8 from the free throw line and have converted 32-of-34 from the charity stripe over the past two games.
This was just the third all-time matchup between the two programs as this is the second season in the South Atlantic Conference for UVA Wise. This marked the 60th win in the Lenoir-Rhyne head-coaching career for Everick Sullivan. 17 different players saw action in the blowout victory
In the first half, it only took a couple of minutes for Simmons to reach 1,000 points as the redshirt senior buried a free throw 5:11 into the contest.
LR shot 65 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and outrebounded the hosts 18-10. The Bears forced nine turnovers and turned those into 19 points on the offensive end.
Simmons finished with 16 points in the first half and went 6-of-8 to maximize his 12 minutes played. Freshman Tim Steele had nine points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting and R.J. Gunn had eight
It was more of the same in the second half as the Bears built the lead to as much as 40 with 4:03 left to play. Zim Fields connected on both of his attempts in the final 20 minutes and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field on the game. Armon Muldrew scored eight second half points and Nas Tyson hit a pair of 3-pointers.
13 different players scored for Lenoir-Rhyne. Simmons finished with 21 points in 19 minutes and went 8-of-11 from long range. Steele finished with a career-high 14 and missed just two shots on the game and six different players connected on a 3-pointer.
The Bears are 4-1 overall and in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Carson-Newman on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.