L-R’s McClure reaches mark of excellenceFormer Pisgah standout surpasses 1,000 points in first half, finishes with a game-high 25 in Bears 77-68 win over Coker
HICKORY — RJ McClure left his mark of excellence at Pisgah High School in 2010 and will leave it at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2014.
McClure scored two points on a layup to give L-R an 11-7 lead with 14:23 left in the first half and became the 51st player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark.
He also led all scorers with 25 points, including 20 after halftime, as the Bears won their fourth straight game on Senior Night, 77-68, over visiting Coker Wednesday night at Shuford Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
“I know there have been several great players at Lenoir-Rhyne and I am very fortunate in my four-year career to have played with several great teammates,” said McClure. “People who know me know for a fact I do not play for personal accomplishments. I understand they are a part of the game. But I play this game for only team accomplishments. I am all about the Ws.”
“With that said, I’m happy to have reached the 1,000-point mark in a home game we won on Senior Night. And I also have to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get there along the way.”
Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 15-10, 14-7 in the SAC, and remained tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Newberry.
Coker slipped to (13-12, 10-11 in the SAC.
Lenoir-Rhyne trailed at halftime, 38-34, but took the lead for good on a trey by McClure, which broke a 42-all tie with 15:27 remaining in the game.
The Bears iced the contest by scoring their final nine points from the charity stripe in the final 1:26 in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill College to take on Lions on Saturday, Mar. 1, beginning with a 4 p.m. tipoff in the the regular season finale.
The 2014 Food Lion SAC Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday, Mar. 5, at the home courts of the higher seeds.
The tournament will shift to Greeneville, South Carolina for the semifinals and championship game Saturday-Sunday, Mar. 8-9, respectively.