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.