The Lees-McRae College Bobcats basketball team played one half of basketball to perfection Thursday evening hosting Erskine College Flying Fleet in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference action. A second chance in overtime proved meaningless, as the visitors left Williams Gymnasium with an 83-80 overtime win.
The Bobcats came out strong from the opening tip, establishing a ten point lead 13-3 just seven and a half minutes in. Aaron Dugger got things moving on offence for the home side going four for six from behind the arc for 12 first half points. The Bobcats control of the game allowed them to head into the locker room at the half with a comfortable 40-22 lead.
The second half provided a different story. The Fleet would draw as close as ten before the Bobcats would wake up and regain a seventeen point lead with an 11-4 run, 57-40, with just under twelve minutes to play. In the driver seat, the Bobcats appeared poised to end a nine game losing skid, before the valiant Fleet went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to ten once again, with just under ten minutes to play. With just under six minutes to play, the home side lead was cut to six, and finally down to three, with three minutes remaining. The Fleet's Brandon Wright seemed to put the nail in the coffin with his three pointer to tie the game at 69 with four seconds to play.
Fifteen seconds into overtime, the Fleet took their first lead of the game as TJ Taylor made his second free throw attempt after being fouled by Darius Roper. The Fleet would not look back, stealing the victory to improve to 7-9, (4-6 CVAC). The Bobcats fall to 3-12, (2-8 CVAC).
Dugger, (pictured top left), equaled his first half output with another dozen to finish with a game high 24 points. Stephen Haymer posted 15 points for the Bobcats while DJ Menifee and Henry Williams contributed nine and eight respectively.
Taylor led the Fleet with 23 points while Wright added 21. Matt Odom pulled down a game high 8 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
The Bobcats will get back in action this Saturday at 4:00pm when
they host Brevard College in non-conference action.