Defending National Champs Hold Off Bobcats
WILSON, NC--Four players scored in double figures on Senior Night Saturday to lead Barton College to an 82-72 conquest of Lees-McRae. The victory vaulted the Bulldogs, defending NCAA D-II National Champs, to 17-8 overall and 13-5 in Conference Carolinas while Lees-McRae exited at 5-21 (4-15).
Barton broke open a close game late in the first half and was never threatened in the second half, when Lees-McRae could only get as close as eight points with 1:17 left. Errol Frails led the Bulldogs with 20 points, followed by Jeff Dalce with a career-high 14, L.J. Dunn with 11 and Bobby Buffaloe with 10.
A quartet of freshman led the Bobcats as Nick DeSchepper (Fishers, IN) and Raysean Hairston (Elizabethtown, NC) tallied 15 points apiece, while Aaron Willey (Kingsport, TN) and Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, TN) added 13 and 12 points respectively.
Barton shot 30-of-61 (49 percent) from the floor and LMC finished 21-of-58 for 36 percent. Barton dominated the rebounding 46-33 and registered 11 steals, including four by Dalce. Barton also outscored LMC 40-22 in the paint.
The Bobcats will conclude their season next Friday February 29th when they travel to Due West, SC to take on Erskine College in Conference Carolinas action. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Nick DeSchepper
PICTURED BELOW: Raysean Hairston