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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team used a 16-2 run in the second half to take a 45-43 lead and extend it to 61-45 in a home win on Saturday afternoon in Shuford Arena by the final score of 85-78. Tay Smith led the way for LR with 21 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the second half as LR improved to 9-5 overall on the season.
UVA Wise scored a bucket to make it a two point game with 13:27 before the Bears found another gear. The 16-2 run was ignited by a driving layup by Nas Tyson and was culminated in a monster dunk by Jaheim Taylor. In the run, LR held the Cavaliers to just one field goal in a four minute stretch. Taylor would account for 10 straight LR points as he helped push the lead to 17. The Cavs would cut into the lead late but never got within striking distance.
Taylor would go 7-of-8 from the field in the second half and had 17 points in the final 20 minutes. As a team, LR went 21-for-31 from the field in the second half and 5-of-6 from long range. Taylor finished with 19 and Tyson added 12. Smith also led the Bears in rebounding with seven.
Zion Fruster led the visitors with 22 and his teammate Zy’Ever Wingfield accounted for 20.
Lenoir-Rhyne led for nearly 33 minutes of game action and has a lead as large as 17 late in the second half. The duo of Smith and Taylor combined to go 13-of-14 from the field in the second half. This was the 2,600th all-time game for Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball. LR turned the ball over a season-low five times. Each team shot over 60 percent in the second half and combined for 101 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 9-5 overall, 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will hit the road and travel to Newberry on Wednesday night.