Mason Hawks buried a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime where the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team outlasted Southern Wesleyan 93-87. With the Bears trailing 77-74, Hawks took a dribble handoff and buried an NBA range triple and then LR outscored the hosts 16-10 in the overtime period to stay undefeated.
The game was tied at 39 at the break but Southern Wesleyan charged ahead with a 10-0 run to start the second half. The Bears trailed for the entire second half and were down as many as 12 at the 11:15 mark.
Darius Simmons came off the bench to drop 18 points and went 14-for-16 from the free throw line. Simmons added five rebounds and his previous career-high in made free throws was seven against Mars Hill on Dec. 13, 2017.
R.J. Gunn overcame a slow start to score 18 points and came one rebound shy of a double-double.
Freshman Zim Fields took over in overtime, scoring seven straight points.
Davion Bradford finished with 11 points and was 5-for-5 from the field including a highlight reel dunk in the second half.
LR outscored SWU 28-13 from the charity stripe and converted 80 percent from the free throw line.
The Bears shot 49 percent from the field but were held well below their season average of made 3-pointers. LR hit just seven threes and came into the night averaging 12.5 made triples per game.
This is only the second all-time meeting between the two programs. LR beat SWU 83-52 inside Shuford Gym on 11/13/2018. The Bears have won five straight games against Conference Carolinas foes.
LR had six steals and two blocks in the first five minutes of the game.
12 of Anthony Rice's 16 points came in the first half.
This is the second straight 3-0 start for the Bears.
LR opens up the home portion of its 2019-20 schedule when Lander visits Hickory Saturday at 7pm.