After playing two consecutive Division I opponents, the Lees-McRae Bobcats resumed their Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference schedule with a road contest at Belmont Abbey College. The host Crusaders would emerge with the 76-64 win to improve to 3-7, (2-3 CVAC), while the Bobcats fall to 3-6 overall and even their CVAC record, 2-2.
The two teams exchanged the lead several times through the first
ten minutes, which included four ties, with neither team able to
extend its lead past four points. The Crusaders took the lead for
good with 8:21 to play and down 16-14, outscoring the visitors
21-10 over the remainder of the half to head into the halftime with
a 34-26 lead.
Picking right back up where it left off from the first half, the Crusaders opened the final stanza on an 8-3 run in the first 3:27 to build a 13-point advantage, 42-29, with 16:33 left. The Bobcats would claw their way back with a 13-2 run to pull within two, 44-42, and just over twelve minutes remaining, before an 18-6 Abbey run re-established the home team's double digit lead. The Bobcats would continue to battle, but were unable to get any closer than ten, as the Crusaders would go 8-8 from the charity stripe over the last 1:10 to seal the win.
Aaron Dugger, (pictured top left), led the Bobcats with 16 points while Henry Williams added 14. Mike Fox also registered points in double digits, contributing ten.
The Bobcats resume conference action when they travel to CVAC rival Limestone Thursday for a 7:30pm tip off.