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Jalen Johnson
Jalen Johnson had 20 points for the Bears, with 18 of those coming in the second half against Anderson.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Shuts Down Anderson

Jalen Johnson scored 18 points in the second half and went 7-of-11 from the field as the Bears defeated Anderson inside Shuford Arena on Wednesday evening, 69-60. Johnson went off for 18 of the team’s 34 second half points as the Bears earned a split with the Trojans.

Playing without reigning National Player of the Week T.J. Nesmith and sharpshooter L.J. McCoy, the Bears found a way to win thanks to Johnson. The PG finished with 20 points and eight rebounds to go with a trio of assists. Tim Steele came off the bench for 12 points and three boards on 4-of-7 shooting.

No other LR player was in double figures but four others scored six or more points as LR shot 43.1 percent from the field and hit 10 3-pointers. The LR defense held Anderson to just 38.1 percent shooting from the field and a 35.3 percent mark in the final 20 minutes.

Anderson hit just 26.9 percent from long range. The Bears went 9-for-11 from the charity stripe to ice the victory.

The Bears were whistled for the first eight fouls of the second half and nine of the first 10 went against LR. 10 different players saw action for LR. Hamilton Campbell had eight points and a career-high nine boards in his 26 minutes.

LR snapped a four-game losing streak against Anderson.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 10-14 overall, 5-11 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return to action on Saturday when they host nationally-ranked Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m.