Banner Elk, NC--The Lees-McRae men's team fell to Mt. Olive 97-59 in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium. Mt. Olive climbs to 5-1 in conference (9-3 overall) while the youthful Bobcats continue to struggle this season and fall to 1-5 (2-10 overall).
The Bobcats came out ready to defend the offensively loaded Mt. Olive team, forcing four lead changes in the first six minutes of the game, before allowing the Trojans to take the lead 12-10 at the 13:56 mark.
With three minutes to go in the half, and down 15, the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run to pull within nine. Senior Mario McClunie (Knoxville, TN) threw in an assist, a defensive rebound, four free throws and a field goal in the final minutes of the half to keep the Bobcats within nine with the score 42-33.
The Trojans came out on fire after the halftime break, shooting 65.6% from the field for the second half, and completely taking the Bobcats, who continue to struggle from the field, out of the game.
Freshman Raysean Hairston (Elizabethtown, NC) scored 14 points for the Bobcats while sophomore Stephen Haymer (Fayetteville, NC), playing limited time in his first game of the season due to an injury, pulled down seven boards.
The Trojans were lead by Kendrick Easley (Norfolk, VA), Mike Holloman (Virginia Beach, VA), and Craig Hayes (Woodbridge, VA) who scored 17, 14, and 12 respectively.
The Bobcats travel to Misenhemier, NC to take on Pfeiffer University, on Monday, January 14 at 7:30 pm.
Pictured: Raysean Hairston