R.J. Gunn scored a season-high 28 points and went 12-of-22 from the field but Lenoir-Rhyne dropped its third straight game in a 78-67 outcome at Tusculum. Lenoir-Rhyne went up 58-47 with 8:07 to play but Tusculum closed out the game on a 31-9 run to swipe the victory.
Gunn had 14 of the Bears 31 first half points and was 6-of-11 from the floor. The Bears trailed by as many as eight in the first half but shaved the Tusculum lead to 34-31 going into the break.
In the second half, after going up 11 at the 8:07 mark, the Bears were held without a field goal for 6:17 on the clock as Tusculum surged ahead. Over a crucial six minute stretch, the Pioneers outscored LR 21-2.
Gunn added eight boards for the second straight game. Gunn’s previous season-high was 24 against UVA Wise on Feb. 17. Gunn’s career-high came a season ago when he dropped 26 at Clayton State.
Davion Bradford’s final stat line was five points, eight rebounds and five assists. Darius Simmons had 14 points but was just 4-of-16 from the field.
Gunn’s previous season-high was 24 against UVA Wise on Feb. 17. Gunn’s career-high came a season ago when he dropped 26 at Clayton State.
For the second straight game, the Lenoir-Rhyne bench could only muster nine points.
The Bears fall to 8-6 overall and in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will receive a bye in first round of SAC tournament and will travel to Newberry on Monday for Quarterfinal action.