M. Basketball

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Recovers With A 70-63 Win Over Lander

Senior Marcus Hodges led the Bears with 22 points

Senior guard Marcus Hodged led all scorers with 22 points in L-RSenior guard Marcus Hodged led all scorers with 22 points in L-R's 70-63 victory over Lander on the final day of the New Year's Classic Tuesday in Greenwood, S.C.

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Greenwood, S.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (3-8) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-63 win over Lander University (5-4) Tuesday afternoon on the final day of the New Year’s Classic at Horne Arena.  Senior guard Marcus Hodges (Wake Forest, N.C.) led the way for the Bears with a game-high 22 points including four three-pointers.

Junior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) also scored in double figures for L-R as he totaled 14 points to go along with six rebounds. 

Lander’s Dane Sparrow (Matthews, N.C.) finished with a team-high 18 points while Antonio Pope (Savannah, Ga.) added a double-double (12 points and 15 rebounds) despite the setback.

Trailing 45-41 with 10:20 remaining in the game, Hodges gave Lenoir-Rhyne the lead for good with three consecutive three-pointers.

L-R would slowly increase its lead as the second half wore on and a pair of free throws by Hodges with 35 seconds left pushed the Bears advantage to their biggest of the game at 70-59 with 35 seconds left.

The Bears also hit seven three-pointers and connected on 17-of-18 free throw attempts (94 percent).

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday when it hosts Tusculum beginning at 8 p.m.

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