HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne used a 12-3 run midway through the opening half to dispatch the Newberry Indians 77-55 in men’s basketball action Wednesday night. The Bears of L-R improve to 10-8 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Indians fall to 5-13, and 0-6 in the SAC.
The Bears were led to victory by All-SAC forward Roman Davis (Greensboro, N.C.), who led all scorers with 21 points, notching 15 of those in the second half. Davis also had an impressive night at the foul line, converting seven of nine opportunities.
The Indians, coming off an overtime victory at North Greenville this past Monday, were paced by senior guard Elijah Frasier (Irmo, S.C.). The speedy point guard had his second impressive game in a row, leading Newberry in scoring with 13. Frasier was the only player in double figures for the Indians.
Newberry was down by 13 in the waning minutes in the first half when Indian forward Tommy Burke (Newberry, S.C.) buried a three-point shot, helping send the Indians to the locker room within striking distance, down 36-26. Burke had eight points in the contest with a team-high five boards.
But the Bears would not be denied on this night, opening the final stanza with a 14-3 which put the game out of reach. Lenoir-Rhyne freshmen guards Reggie Bratton (Charlotte, N.C.) and Josh Rudder (Graham, N.C.) had fine games, scoring 17 and 12 respectively. Rudder also tallied a game-high four assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne absolutely stroked it in the second half, shooting almost 60 percent from the field. They finished the game shooting 47.7 percent, while holding Newberry to a paltry 32.6 percent. The Bears were also able to get to the line 45 times in the game, compared to Newberry’s 27.
Newberry forward Reggie Coleman (Orangeburg, S.C.) finished with nine points and two steals.
The Indians return home after a three-game, three-state road swing on Saturday, when they host SAC-rival Mars Hill for a 4 p.m. matchup.