The Lees-McRae Bobcats men's basketball team hosted
Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference foe St. Andrew's
Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon, in their first home
contest of 2007, falling 75-71. The Bobcats fall to 3-8, (2-4
CVAC) while the Knights improve to 5-9, (2-5 CVAC).
The Bobcats opened strong with a 6-0 run, and seemed to be in
control from the game's opening tip off. With the six point
cushion, the Bobcats and Knights would battle back and forth, with
the home side extending their lead to as much as nine, just past
the half way of the first half. Confident and dictating the tempo
of the game, the Bobcats increased their lead to as much as 15
before the Knights' Richard Stone and Taiwon Grooms nailed a field
goal and a pair of free throws respectively to cut the deficit to
12 in the final minutes of the half. The Bobcats held a 42-30
advantage at halftime.
The second half was a much different story, as the Knights came out
shooting and started the half on a 16-5 run to pull within one.
Grooms' field goal at 12:06 gave the visitors their first lead of
the game, 48-47. Free throws by Pete Dunbar and DJ Menifee
restored the lead for the Bobcats, but it would not stand as the
pesky Knights continued to battle back. The teams would exchange
the lead five more times before the Knights managed to pull away
and squeeze out the four point conference road win.
Richard Stone led the visitors with a game high 24 points while
Grooms would add 23 and a game high six rebounds. Charles Phillips
chipped in with 13 points for the Knights respectively.
The Bobcats scoring was well spread with four players scoring in
double digits. Blake Carr, (pictured top left), went four for five
from behind the arc to lead the home side attack with 12 points.
DJ Menifee and Darius Roper each added 11 points while Pete Dunbar
added 10 as well as a game high six rebounds.
The Bobcats will look to rebound Monday when CVAC rival Pfeiffer
visits Williams Gymnasium for a 7:30pm tip off.