December 2, 2009
Men's Basketball Can't Keep Up With Hot-Shooting Bears
HICKORY, NC – Lenoir-Rhyne got 28 points from D.J. Blackmon and opened league play with a 95-77 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym. The Bears improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 4-3 and 0-1.
Blackmon canned 12-of-18 shots from the floor in garnering his game-high scoring output and also pulled down 13 rebounds. Marcus Hodges followed with 15 points and hit on all three of his shots behind the arc. Jeff Thomas added 11 off the bench and Alex Watkins tossed in 10 points.
Catawba was led by Antonio Houston (Charlotte, NC/E. Mecklenburg HS) and Rob Fields (Orangeburg, SC/Orangeburg-Wilkerson HS), who each had 21 points. Houston was 4-of-7 from three-point range and grabbed nine rebounds. Fields was 8-of-10 from the floor. Freshmen Lee Martin (Mt. Airy, NC/N. Surry HS/Hargrave) and Stephen Coles (Danville, VA/Washington HS) had eight and seven points, respectively.
Catawba once again dug an early deficit as Lenoir-Rhyne got off to an 18-8 lead. The Bears led 45-36 at the break and withstood a Catawba rally at the start of the second half that saw the Indians pull within 47-44 in the opening two minutes. That would be as close as the Tribe would get as the Indians could not overcome the hot shooting touch of the Bears.
A Blackmon dunk with 12 minutes remaining started a seven-point run that saw the Lenoir-Rhyne edge grow to 69-57. A three-pointer by Hodges and a layup by Thomas saw the lead swell to 82-62 with just under seven minutes to play.
The Bears connected on 60% (38-of-63) of its shots on the night and held a 36-25 edge on the boards. The Indians hit on nearly 50% (27-of-55), but committed 14 turnovers to a dozen for Lenoir-Rhyne.
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Lacrosse (W) vs. WINGATE 8-14
Baseball AUGUSTA 7-6
Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1-2
Baseball AUGUSTA 11-2
Lacrosse (M) vs. WINGATE 1-13
Baseball AUGUSTA 6-9
Baseball @ Kannapolis Intimidators, ccd. 6:30 p.m.
Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble (Tennessee National) 12th of 12
Golf (W) @ Agnis McAmis Inv. (Link Hills CC) 9th of 14
Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-7
Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-11
Baseball vs. BARTON 20-2
Baseball vs. USC AIKEN, ppd. 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-3
Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 5-4
Lacrosse (W) @ Erskine 15-9
Football Spring Blue-White Game
Softball @ Mars Hill 0-8
Softball @ Mars Hill 2-8
Baseball @ Mars Hill 1-3
Lacrosse (M) @ Brevard 12-10
Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day One) - Link Hills CC 9th
Lacrosse (W) @ Brevard 19-6
Baseball @ Mars Hill 7-6
Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-8
Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Two) - Link Hills CC 9th
Tennis (W) @ Winston Salem State 9-0
Golf (W) @ SAC Championships (Day Three) - Link Hills CC 9th of 11
Tennis (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5
Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4-5
Baseball @ Mount Olive 2-6
Softball @ Queens 0-7
Softball @ Queens 7-9
Lacrosse (W) @ North Greenville 15-10
Lacrosse (M) vs. SHORTER 18-1
Softball vs. ANDERSON 0-8
Softball vs. ANDERSON 9-7
Baseball @ Tusculum 7-6
Baseball @ Tusculum 7-3
Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 18-5
Baseball @ Tusculum 5-3
Softball @ Wingate 0-2
Softball @ Wingate 4-5
Baseball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 13-7
Baseball @ North Greenville (Fluor Field) 8-4
Baseball vs. BREVARD 14-0
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Lacrosse (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 13-14
Softball vs. TUSCULUM 3-16
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Softball vs. TUSCULUM 8-9
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