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Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Stops Long Skid With A 65-59 Win Over Catawba

Bears halt their school-record 14-game losing streak

Freshman forward Allan Jones led the Bears with 19 points in Lenoir-RhyneFreshman forward Allan Jones led the Bears with 19 points in Lenoir-Rhyne's 65-59 South Atlantic Conference road win over long-time rival Catawba Wednesday evening in Salisbury, N.C.

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Salisbury, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Basketball Team (3-20, 2-13) put an end to its school-record 14-game losing streak with a 65-59 victory over Catawba College (9-14, 5-10) Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Goodman Gymnasium.

L-R freshman forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears, finishing with a team-high 19 points as Lenoir-Rhyne won for the first time since a 76-71victory over Newberry on December 18, 2010, in Hickory, N.C.

Catawba's Keon Moore (Colerain, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points but the Indians shot just 36 percent (21-for-58) for the contest including 30 percent (six-for-20) from behind the three-point line.

L-R turned an eight-point deficit (19-11) with 11:13 remaining in the first half into a 15-point lead (50-35) on a lay-up by Jones with 15:05 left in the contest.

Catawba would rally to cut the lead to two points at 54-52 on a lay-up by Moore at the 5:35 mark of the second half but the Indians wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way.

The Indians trailed by two points twice (59-57 and 61-59) with under 23 seconds remaining but freshman guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) and junior guard Kevin Davis (Charlotte, N.C.) each hit a pair of free throws to round out the scoring.

Junior forward Jeff Thomas (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Davis added 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Bears, who hit 53 percent (24-for-45) from the floor in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts league-rival Brevard in its next game on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Catawba, meanwhile, plays Tusculum in a league game Saturday in Greeneville, Tenn., at 4 p.m.

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