Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Gives Sullivan 50th Bears Win

R.J. Gunn had 21 points to lead the Bears in the win R.J. Gunn had 21 points to lead the Bears in the win Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team defeated UVA-Wise by a final score of 81-64 on Wednesday evening. With the win, head coach Everick Sullivan garnered his 50th career victory at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Bears clamped down on the defensive end in the first half, holding the Cavaliers to 25 percent shooting and just six made field goals. LR held UVA-Wise to three points over a 6:38 stretch that saw the Bears outscore Wise 19-3 in that stretch to take a 26-12 advantage.

R.J. Gunn scored 14 points in the first half and Darius Simmons added 12. The Bears held a 25-11 advantage on the boards in the first 20 minutes and went into the break with a 35-22 lead.

The Bears continued their scorching shooting from long range. LR knocked down 11 three-pointers on the night and have converted 56 in the past four games.

Gunn finished with a team-high 21 points as the Bears shot 57 percent in the second half and finished the game with a 53.4 percent field goal percentage.

Davion Bradford had his first-career double-digit rebounding game as the junior finished with 10 boards to go with seven points.

Simmons recorded a career-high seven assists and had just one turnover.

Cameron Whiteside had 37 of the Cavaliers 64 points. Whiteside played all 40 minutes and went 14-for-23 from the field and had nine boards and five made 3-pointers.

LR led by as many as 27 points with 5:45 to play and held the Cavs to 42.6 percent shooting and held a 41-23 advantage on the glass.

Despite entering the game with a 5-9 record, the Cavaliers were outscoring opponents 1133-1113. Four of UVA's nine losses on the year came by six points or less.

This was the first all-time meeting between the Bears and Cavs who are entering their first season in the South Atlantic Conference.

Sullivan becomes the ninth coach in program history to hit the 50-win mark.

The Bears lead the conference in made 3-pointers per game, connecting on more than 11 triples per night.

This is the third win of 17 or more points for LR on the season.

The Bears improve to 8-6 overall, 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears continue their three-game road trip with a matchup at Catawba on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II National Game of the Week.

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