LAURINBURG, NC--No. 10 seed Lees-McRae College hit eight
3-pointers in the second half to help upset host and No. 7 seed St.
Andrews Presbyterian College, 86-82, in the First Round of the 2006
CVAC Men's Basketball Tournament on Monday in Harris Court.
The Bobcats, who improved to 7-21 overall, will play No. 2 seed
Mount Olive College in the quarterfinals.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 28-15 lead in the first half before
the Knights stormed all the way back with a 19-2 run to take a
34-30 lead with 2:37 left in the opening period. The Bobcats
regained the momentum scoring the final three buckets of the half
to take a slim 36-34 advantage into the locker room.
After a close first seven minutes of the second half, a put back
by Knights senior Chad Eichelberger (Austell, GA) gave the Knights
a 50-46 lead with 13 minutes to go. Lees-McRae answered with three
consecutive bombs from behind the arc that catapulted them into a
The Bobcats maintained the lead for the next 10 minutes but
sophomore Taiwon Grooms (Landover, MD) converted on a perfect
12-of-12 free throw attempts in the second stanza to keep the
Knights within striking distance.
Sophomore Dwayne Jeffcoat (Fayetteville, NC) came up with a big
steal and lay-up to tie the game at 77-77 with 1:37 remaining.
Henry Williams (Kingsport, TN) put the Bobcats back on top for good
with a trey on the ensuing possession. The Bobcats followed with
five made free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the
Williams led the Bobcats with 26 points including four
3-pointers. Lansen Leach (High Point, NC) followed with 25 points.
D.J. Menifee (Anderson, IN) scored 12 and Aaron Dugger
(Elizabethton, TN) bucketed 11. James Barbee (Durham, NC) supplied
a game-high nine assists.
The Bobcats will now move on to face Mount Olive in the
quarterfinals on Wednesday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00pm at
Mount Olive, NC.