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Bears suffer heartbreak in 66-65 loss


HICKORY, NC – For the third time in their last four games, the Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team lost a game with one possession as Newberry erased a 23-point deficit to win by one in the last game of 2021.

Final: Newberry 66, Lenoir-Rhyne 65
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (3-8, 2-6 SAC) I Newberry (6-6, 6-4 SAC)
Location: Shuford Gymnasium

– The Bears held a 37-15 lead with 3:15 in the first half and up to 20 in the second half
– LR drops to 22-7 against Newberry inside Shuford Gym
– This is the second straight point loss to Wolves inside Shu as LR lost a 73-72 decision on January 11
– The Bears’ last five losses to Newberry totaled 10 points

– LR came out of the burning gates and scored the first 15 points of the competition
– Halfway through the first half, the Bears limited Newberry to just seven points and led 25-7
– A bucket of Johnson gave the Bears a 22-point advantage that would be reduced to 39-22 at the break
– Newberry only shot 34.5% in the first half and went from 1 in 10 in depth
– TJ Nesmith was a perfect 5v5 and recorded a record 10 points in the first half as LR shot 56.7% and only returned the ball three times

– Newberry used an extended 13-0 run at 4:44 to reduce the LR lead to 47-44
Kevin Kangu’s layup ended a 7:32 drought for scoreless LR on the pitch
– Newberry ultimately drew with 4:40 left as Sherman Robinson’s pair of free throws made it 57-57
– In their subsequent possession, Newberry hit a three to take their first lead of the game at 4:19
– A Wilson Room the bucket did it 64-63 Newberry but TJ Brown responded with 1:02 to put Wolves back to three
– Nesmith hit a pair of free throws to bring the score to 66-65 with 49 seconds left
– A turnover from Newberry gave the ball to LR with 29 seconds but the Bears reportedly missed their possession
– Newberry left the door open by missing the front end of a 1 and 1 with eight seconds, but the Bears missed the buzzer to abandon a sixth straight game

– Nesmith led LR with 17 points and had eight boards, a career-high
Jalen johnson and Wilson each had 11 and Wilson added six rebounds while Johnson gave out five assists
– Kangu had 10 points and Malik LeGania had eight points, four boards and three assists

– Brown collected 16 of his 19 points in the second half to trigger the comeback
– Malakhi Stremlow scored 20 points, a game-high, and managed 8 of 12 shots
– PG Marcus Ford had eight points and three assists, but had some big shots down the home stretch

FOLLOWING: Bears return on New Years Day with SAC game against Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m.

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