McClure’s 52 points breaks SAC recordFormer Pisgah standout’s 12 treys sets a school record
NEWBERRY, S.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne senior point guard RJ McClure took a huge step toward reaching 1,000 points for his career after his record-setting performance against Newberry Wednesday night.
McClure, a former Pisgah standout, broke a South Atlantic Conference record for points scored in a game (52) and a Lenoir-Rhyne record with 12 treys in the game.
Despite breaking several notable records, the Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team (7-6, 6-3) fell to Newberry (10-3, 6-3), 134-127, in double overtime Wednesday night in a SAC game at Eleazer Arena.
McClure, who had 28 points against Newberry in the first half, has scored 846 points in his career at L-R and needs only 154 points to reach the milestone with 13 regular season games left.
Newberry’s Dondray Walker scored a team-high 35 points and hit several key baskets down the stretch as the Wolves were able to outlast the Bears.
As a team, the Bears set a new mark for three-pointers (19) in a contest but gave up the most points in school history.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Will Perry added 31 points to go along with five treys and hit all 10 free throw attempts for the Bears, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to force overtime.
McClure had 47 points at the end of regulation and scored five points in the first overtime period.
But entering the second overtime tied at 113, the Wolves took control by limiting McClure’s touches and scoring the first six points, which they never relinguished.
Lenoir-Rhyne was one point off of tying the school record for points in a game (128 vs. Concordia during the 1976-77 campaign) despite the loss.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson.