Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Stunned by Clayton State

RJ Gunn led the Bears with 20 points RJ Gunn led the Bears with 20 points Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Kyle Kincey knocked down a floater with 0.3 seconds and give Clayton St. a stunning 75-74 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers shot 60.6 percent from the field in the second half and used an extended 22-4 spurt to take advantage.

The Bears trailed by seven points with two minutes to play but erased the deficit and took a one point lead thanks to a pair of free throws from Djibril Diallo with 9.9 seconds left. However, the Lakers would answer with the game-winner after LR took its first lead in 17:05.

The Lakers converted 10 of their first 13 field goal attempts in the second half after shooting just 30.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

R.J. Gunn was the leading scorer for the second straight game as the sophomore poured in 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Gunn buried three 3-pointers and added four rebounds and a pair of steals.

Cory Thomas added 19 points and eight rebounds and Diallo totaled 16 points, seven boards and a steal.

LR shot 43.5 percent. from the field in the game and hit just 6-of-22 from long range (27.3 percent).

The lead changed hands 15 times in the game and was tied on nine different occasions.

Kincey actually accounted for two buzzer-beaters in the contest. At the end of the first half, he banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to cut LR's lead at the break to 31-28.

Jaylen Taylor led the Lakers with 17 points and eight boards while Kincey added 16 points.

This is the second home loss of the season for the Bears.

LR drops to 8-2 on the season. The Bears return to action on Saturday when they get back into South Atlantic Conference play with a trip to Anderson on the schedule. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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