The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (7-8, 5-4) made it three victories in a row with a 77-75 road triumph over Wingate (8-8, 5-3) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Cuddy Arena.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with 16 points – and Lenoir-Rhyne shot 56 percent (30-of-54) for the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) scored 14 points and senior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 13 points and hit three treys for the Bears.
Wingate was led by Kerigan Farley (Hickory, N.C.) with a game-high 22 points while Marco Haskins (Fredericksburg, Va.) added 12 points and nine boards in the setback. The Bulldogs held a 39-28 edge in rebounding but hit just six-of-20 three-point attempts.
LR held a 38-34 advantage entering intermission and never trailed the rest of the way. Thomas broke a 65-all tie with a lay-up at the 2:18 mark of the second half which proved to be the game-winning basket.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.), with 10 points and two three-pointers, moved into a 49th place on the Bears' all-time scoring list with 1,036 points.
The Bears defeated the Bulldogs on the road for the first time in three seasons.
Thomas continues to lead the Bears in scoring at 15.6 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne is off until next Wednesday, January 17, when the Bears head to Charlotte, N.C., to take on second-ranked Queens beginning at 8:00 p.m.