Bobcats Unable to Hold Off Knights

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.