January 29, 2014
Men's Basketball Drops Overtime Decision to LR
HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne outlasted visiting Catawba 78-73 in overtime in South Atlantic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym. The Bears improve to 9-8 overall and 8-5 in the SAC, while Catawba Indians fall to 5-12 and 5-8.
The Bears won the game at the free throw line. Lenoir-Rhyne did not make a field goal the final 11 minutes of regulation and only one in overtime, but paraded to the line 31 times in that span and converted on 24. The Bears were 11-of-12 at the stripe in overtime.
Allan Jones led four double-digit scorers for Lenoir-Rhyne with 15 points. Rob Noyes recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. R.J. McClure added 14 points and Lawrence Miller had 11. Vismantas Marijosius (Kedainiai, LITHUANIA/North Hills) paced Catawba with 17 points. Elon Edwards (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) followed with 14 points and Tyrece Little (Greenville, NC/Rose HS) added 11 before fouling out.
The game was tightly contested throughout as the biggest margin by either team was the seven points the Bears held in the final seconds of overtime. Lenoir-Rhyne led by as many as five in the first half and Catawba led by that same amount late in regulation. The lead changed hands 15 times with 12 ties.
Catawba trailed by three with just over eight minutes left when Marijosius hit consecutive layups to put the Indians up 58-57. A put-back by Marijosius upped the lead to 64-59 with 5:23 to go.
Catawba stayed on top until Noyes hit one of two free throws with 43 seconds left to tie it. Kijuan Arrington (Newport News, VA/Denbigh HS/Henry CC) had a shot to win it for Catawba at the end of regulation, but his three-pointer was just off the mark.
Julian Sampah (Greensboro, NC/Greensboro Day) gave the Indians a 67-66 lead with two minutes left in overtime. McClure put the Bears on top to stay when he made the lone field goal for LR in the extra session with 1:33 remaining.
The Indians missed two shots and had a turnover on their next two possessions and Lenoir-Rhyne stretched the lead to 72-67 at the line. Edwards cut the gap to 72-69 with 46 seconds left, but that would be the last points for the Indians until he scored again with eight ticks remaining with the Tribe down seven.
The Bears made only 37% from the field and nearly shot as many free throws as field goals. LR was 20-of-54 from the floor and went 35-of-45 (78%) at the charity stripe. Lenoir-Rhyne also controlled the boards with a 42-34 edge, including a 16-8 advantage on the offensive end.
Catawba connected on 50% from the field, but converted just 15-of-26 (58%) at the line. The Indians also committed 17 turnovers.
Catawba will host Carson-Newman on Saturday in Goodman Gym at 4 p.m.
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