ANDERSON, SC--Anderson University used a 23-4 run to open the second half to beat the Lees-McRae College Bobcats 74-60 in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action Thursday evening at the Abney Center. The Bobcats fall to 0-5, (0-2 Conference Carolinas) while the Trojans move to 2-3, (1-1).
The Bobcats held a 35-33 lead at the intermission, erasing a seven point deficit over the course of the final four minutes of the first. The Trojans quickly erased any momentum the Bobcats had gained in the final minutes of the first going on a 12-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 45-37 lead. After a Bobcats field goal, the Trojans came back with eleven more to stretch their lead to 56-39 with just over thirteen minutes to play, taking firm control of the contest.
A putback by the Trojans Jarret Johnson at the 8:21 mark gave Anderson its largest lead of 19, 63-44. The Bobcats tried to claw their way back, but would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Anderson was led by Stephen Cobb and Kevis Cornwell with 16 points apiece while Johnson added 13 for the Trojans, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
Freshman Nick DeSchepper (Fishers, IN) led the Bobcats with 16 points while classmate Raysean Hairston (Elizabethtown, NC) and Modestas Riauka (Kaunas, Lithuania) each added 13.
The Bobcats will return home to host Conference Carolinas foe Coker College Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00pm.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Nick DeSchepper