The Lees-McRae College Bobcats won the second of their last three Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference games, defeating Belmont Abbey College Thursday evening 91-84 at Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats record improves to 5-15, (4-9 CVAC) while the Crusaders' record also moves to 5-15, (4-10 CVAC).
After the teams exchanged the lead a pair of times early, the Bobcats grabbed the lead for good 20-19 with 8:30 to play in the first half. The Bobcats used a 15-4 run to take full control and lead the entire game. The valiant Crusaders would manage to chip away at a 13 point Bobcats lead, but the home team would emerge from the first half and head to recess with a nine point lead 43-34.
The Bobcats kicked into gear to start the second, stretching their lead from nine to nineteen just over four minutes into the half. The Bobcats coasted with the comfortable all the way to the three minute mark. Down 80-66, the Crusaders continued to foul the Bobcats at every opportunity in hopes of gaining ground off of free throw errors by Lees-McRae. The Abbey's plan almost worked as the Bobcats shot a poor 50% from the line over the final three minutes, cutting the deficit in half. Luckily, the Bobcats had time on their side, and had a large enough lead to emerge with their second CVAC win in their past three conference games, falling only to CVAC leader Barton.
Deonte Murphy had a game high 21 points for the visitors while Anthony Belly contributed 10. Sidney Hoff added 14 points to go along with his game high 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats had five scorers in double figures, the highest number of players to do so this season. Henry Williams, (pictured top left), led the way with 17 while Pete Dunbar and Darius Roper followed with 16 and 15 points respectively. Stephen Haymer contributed 11 for the Bobcats while Aaron Dugger added 10. Mike Fox pulled down a game high seven rebounds while Roper pulled down six of his own.
The Bobcats will hit the road for four consecutive CVAC games, traveling to Mount Olive this Saturday. Tip off is set for 4:00pm.