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Carson-Newman Men's Basketball Keeps Lenoir-Rhyne Reeling With A 65-57 Victory

Bears suffer their school-record 14th straight loss

Junior forward Jeff Thomas tallied a double-double - 15 points and 10 rebounds - in Lenoir-RhyneJunior forward Jeff Thomas tallied a double-double - 15 points and 10 rebounds - in Lenoir-Rhyne's 65-57 loss to Carson-Newman in a league contest Saturday night in Jefferson City, Tenn.

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Jefferson City, Tenn. - The Carson-Newman College Men's Basketball Team (10-12, 7-7) picked up a 65-57 win over Lenoir-Rhyne University (2-20, 1-13) Saturday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Holt Fieldhouse.

Carson-Newman's Ishmael Sanders (Cleveland, Tenn.) led all scorers with 22 points and hit all 10 of his free throw attempts as the Eagles swept the season series from the Bears.

Bradley Tumer (Mount Dora, Fla.) added 15 points for the Eagles, who held the Bears to just 35 percent (23-for-65) shooting for the game.

L-R junior forward Jeff Thomas (Chapel Hill, N.C.) notched a double-double (a team-high 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds) while sophomore guard Alex Watkins (Charlotte, N.C.) added 12 points but the Bears suffered their school-record 14th straight loss.

Carson-Newman jumped ahead to a 29-18 lead at break and led by as many as 13 points (33-20) with 18:27 left on a lay-up by Tumer.

However, Lenoir-Rhyne began to close the gap and cut the Carson-Newman advantage all the way to two points at 44-42 on a pair of free throws by Thomas at the 8:05 mark of the second half but the Bears couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.

L-R got within three points on fourmore occasions but a 6-0 run capped off by two free throws by Sanders gave Carson-Newman a 61-52 lead with 50 seconds left that iced the game for the Eagles.

Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Catawba in Salisbury, N.C., while Carson-Newman remains at home to face Mars Hill in the next round of conference contests. Both games are slated to begin on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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