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SOUTH PRINCE GEORGE, Va. -- Sophomore Robert Smith/Hampton scored a game-high 21 points, and classmate Brandon Henry/Chester added 14 points, to lead Richard Bland College to a 96-76 Region 10 men's basketball victory past Lenoir (N.C.) on Sunday afternoon in Statesman Hall. Sophomores Stanley Taylor/Petersburg and Tre' Patterson/Richmond, along with freshman Kenny Southerland/Richmond, each finished with 10 points for the host Statesmen (15-5, 9-3), who have won four-straight games. Michael Satterfield led the visiting Lancers (4-14, 2-10) with 18 points.
Richard Bland took an early 12-3 advantage at 13:16 after a layup by Patterson that followed four points each from Smith and Southerland, along with a pair of free throws by sophomore Ricky Hicks/Bronx, New York. The lead was 26-10 at 7:48 after two free throws from Southerland, and it was 36-18 at 4:19 following a layup by freshman Tyrell Mendenhall/Newberry, South Carolina. A three-point field goal from sophomore Tim Bing Jr./Suitland, Maryland made it 41-23 at 1:30, and the Statesmen led 41-26 at the intermission.
Richard Bland extended the lead to 45-28 early in the second half at 18:18 after two free throws by Smith, but Lenoir managed to close within 47-38 at 15:54. A jumper from freshman Ryan Jones/Smithfield put the lead at 58-42 with 12:48 remaining, and it was 69-49 at 9:50 after a layup by Taylor. The Lancers were within 74-64 at 7:31, but the Statesmen pushed the lead back to 81-65 at 5:18 following a layup from Henry. Taylor knocked down a three-pointer at 3:32 to make it 88-70, and freshman Wayne Clevert/Richmond made a three-pointer at 1:28 to make it 96-74, en route to the final margin of victory.
Smith led Richard Bland with his game-high 21 points, adding eight rebounds. Henry finished with his 14 points, adding six rebounds, as well. Taylor, Patterson and Southerland each had 10 points, with Patterson adding a game-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double, and Taylor grabbed eight rebounds. Jones contributed nine points and five assists, and Hicks had eight points and four assists. Bing added five assists along with three points. Richard Bland shot 46% (34-74) from the field, including 32% (11-37) on three-pointers, and 85% (17-20) at the free throw line.
Satterfield led Lenoir with his 18 points, adding seven rebounds and four assists. Brandon Kelson finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Kalek Rhem had 14 points and six rebounds. The Lancers shot 37% (26-70) from the field, including 24% (9-37) on three-pointers, and 83% (15-18) at the line.
Richard Bland and Lenoir were playing for the 13th time in the sport of men's basketball, and the Statesmen have never lost to the Lancers, now leading the series 13-0.
Richard Bland will play on the road at Region 10 member Bryant & Stratton College on Wednesday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be played at Maury High School in Norfolk.