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Queens 69, Lenoir-Rhyne 58

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Queens Royals clamp down on defense to down Lenoir-Rhyne Bears

By Keith Cannon
Correspondent

The Queens Royals put an end to a week-long South Atlantic Conference slump with a determined defensive effort in a 69-58 men’s basketball victory against Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday night at Curry Arena.

Guards Jarrett Stokes and Joby Glymph scored 23 and 19 points, respectively, for the Royals (8-7, 6-4 SAC). But their work on the other end of the court was just as important to Queens breaking a two-game losing streak, Royals coach Bart Lundy said.

“Their scorers got points, but they were difficult points,” Lundy said of the Bears (7-8, 6-5), who scored 127 points a week ago in an overtime loss to Newberry. L-R’s top scorer, senior guard R.J. McClure, scored 14 points, about 6 under his average and well under the 52 he poured in against Newberry.

The Royals held Lenoir-Rhyne to 36 percent shooting, while turning in a 51 percent shooting night of their own – including a sizzling 8 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc. But they had to survive a second-half hot streak by the visitors to wrap up the victory.

Up 34-23 at the half, the Royals extended that advantage to 14 before L-R junior guard Lawrence Miller hit three 3-pointers in a span of about three minutes to trim the Queens lead to 47-43 with 10 minutes and 9 seconds to play. The Bears wouldn’t get any closer.

Miller, a former Gastonia Ashbrook player, finished with 16 points.

“(Royals reserve guard) Griffin Shaw did a good job of keeping the ball out of his hands after that,” Lundy said. “I thought we got as good a game out of our bench as we’ve had all season. I’m proud of the development of those guys.”

Shaw, a former Myers Park player, scored four points in the final minute, including a big three-pointer, to help the Royals pull away. Forward Jared Hendryx added five points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Stokes scored 13 of his points in the first half to help the Royals to a lead of as many as 17 (34-17) a few minutes before the break. He hit 4-of-7 3-pointers in the game.

“This was a big win for us,” Stokes said. “We still have a shot at second place in the conference and we needed it to stay up in the standings. My teammates found me for some pretty good shots and we all played good defense.”

NOTES: The win gave Queens a split of the season series with Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears took an 81-77 double overtime victory in Hickory on Nov. 20 ... The Royals’ next game is at Anderson (S.C.) at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The next home game for Queens is at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Newberry.

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