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Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Upset Late
R.J. Gunn earned all-district honors for the second year in a row.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Upset Late

For the second time in the last three games, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team lost a game in the final seconds, this time dropping a one-point game against UVA Wise, 71-70. Cameron Whiteside’s bucket with 2.7 seconds to play send the Cavaliers past Lenoir-Rhyne, ruining the Bears final game of the season in Shuford Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne came out of the gates hot, scoring nine of the first 11 points. However, both teams struggled from the floor and each went 12-of-30 from the field in the opening half. A late 3-pointer by Gunn gave the Bears a 30-28 lead going into the half. Gunn finished the first half with 12 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field

In the second half, thanks to Whiteside, Wise began to take the upper hand and pushed the lead to 65-57 with 4:29 to play. The Bears battled back and cut the lead to one with 1:02 to play. After a defensive stop, Zim Fields made a layup with 12 seconds to play that gave LR a 71-70 advantage. Wise went the length of the court and Whiteside hit a tough scoop shot in the lane that proved to be the game-winner. The Bears got a decent look to win it from three but it hit off the side of the rim and Wise came out victorious for the third time in their last six games.

Gunn went for 24 points and added four rebounds while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He hit four of the teams eight three-pointers. Darius Simmons added 14 points but was just 6-of-18 from the field. Zim Fields added 11 off the bench to go with five boards and four assists.

Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 8-4 overall, 8-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will hit the road for the final two games of the regular season, starting with a game at Catawba on Monday at 7 p.m.