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
The Bobcats will get back in action this Saturday at 4:00pm when
they host Brevard College in non-conference action.