The Lees-McRae College Bobcats traveled to Lincoln Memorial University to open up their 2006-07 season, falling 77-60. A 23-2 first half run by the Railsplitters was too much to make up in the season opener for both teams.
The Railsplitters and the Bobcats were tied 6-6 early in the
game until a lay-up off the fast break by junior Ronnie Jones
(Atlanta, GA) gave LMU the 8-6 lead with 17:48 to go in the half.
For the next 9:24 of the game, LMU could not miss while Lees-McRae
couldn't buy a shot. Toward the end of the half the Bobcats began
to find their shooting touch, but still trailed 41-19 going in to
the locker room.
The second half saw the Bobcats claw their way back into the game, pulling to within 20 points with 1:26 left in the game and outscoring LMU 41-26 in the second half. But the damage had been done and the Railsplitters left the court with their first season-opening victory since the 2001-02 season.
Lees-McRae (0-1) was led by junior DJ Menifee (Anderson, IN) with 12 points. The trio of Stephen Haymer (Ft. Bragg, NC), Henry Williams (Kingsport, TN) and Aaron Dugger (Elizabethton, TN) led the Bobcats on the boards with six rebounds apiece.
LMU (1-0) was led by senior David Lopez (Tucson, AZ) with 17 points, also shooting 3-3 from three-point range. Other Railsplitters in double figures were Joplin Johnson (Chicago, IL) with 11 points and Jones scored 10 points while also leading the team with eight rebounds.
The Bobcats will open their Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference schedule hosting Anderson University Tuesday November 21st. The game will be the second of a double header with the women's teams, and tips off at 7:30pm.