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Jaquias Franklin
Jaquias Franklin led the Bears with 20 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Men’s Basketball Suffers Loss to Carson-Newman

For the second time this week, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Team took a lead into the half but saw it disappear in the final 20 minutes. This time it was Carson-Newman who stormed back and handed LR a 72-63 defeat at Shuford Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The LR defense was the story in the first half, holding Carson-Newman to 25 points. However, the C-N defense was also stout as the Bears managed just 29 points and led by four at the break. The Eagles jumped out to a 10-5 lead just over five minutes into the game but only managed 15 points in the final 14:37 of the first half. The Bears took their first lead of the game at the 6:04 mark when Nas Tyson’s triple made it 19-18. The lead would swell to nine at 29-20 before the Eagles would end the half on a 5-0 spurt. Jack Browder had nine for the Eagles as did John Zhao while LR was led by 10 apiece from Tyson and Franklin. Franklin was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field.

While the rebounds were even at 15 in the first half, C-N dominated the glass in the second half to lead their comeback. Carson-Newman was +20 on the glass, outrebounding LR 26-6. A 9-0 run from the visitors gave C-N a 38-36 edge but Tay Smith evened it at the 12:12 mark with a floater in the lane. The game was within one possession for the next 4+ minutes until Carson-Newman went up 50-46 on a second chance bucket from Ren Dyer. After LR cut it to two, the Eagles rattled off nine of the next 11 points to grab a 61-52 lead with 3:37 left in the game. LR would cut it to four twice but C-N wouldn’t let them any closer as they came away with the nine-point win. 12 of Carson-Newman’s 26 rebounds in the second half were offensive which led to a 13-0 advantage in second chance points in the final 20 minutes. Trey Hubbard erupted for 16 points in the second half and Zhao had 13 while Browder added 12.
LR went just 1-of-10 in the second half from long range.

The Bears also led at the break against Newberry this week before falling by nearly the same final score (71-66). Nick Brenegan, the league’s second leading scorer, was ruled out with a sickness just before tip off. Brenegan was a week off of a record-breaking 64-point and 18 made threes contest against Newberry. The Bears have now dropped six straight to C-N, the longest losing streak in series history. Zhao (22) and Browder (21) topped the 20-point mark for C-N. Jaquias Franklin led LR with 21 points and five rebounds.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 9-7, 4-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Bears will hit the road to take on Lincoln Memorial on Saturday night at 4 p.m.