BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's basketball team let a seven point halftime lead slip away to lose 72-63 to the Brevard College Tornados Thursday night in a non-conference game in Williams Gymnasium.
After the Tornados scored the first bucket of the game, the Bobcats led for the entire first half and pushed the lead to seven, 33-26, heading into the locker room for halftime.
The Bobcats' relentless defense held the Tornados to only 33 percent from the floor and 29 percent from behind the three-point line. The Bobcats shot 40 percent from the floor and 42 percent from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Tornados took the lead 41-39 with 14 minutes to play. The Bobcats closed the lead to four with 11 minutes to play, but couldn't complete the comeback as the Tornados pushed the lead to as much as 15 points.
Bobcats shot 35 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line in the second half, while the Tornados had a 51 percent field goal percentage in the second half and 40 percent three point percentage.
The Tornados capitalized on 16 Bobcat turnovers with 20 points, while the Bobcats could only score 12 points on 19 Tornado turnovers.
The Bobcats had four players in double figure scoring. Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Kyle Boardman (Clemmons, N.C.) had 12 points, and Aaron Willey (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Nick Deschepper (Fishers, Ind.) had 11 points. Stephen Haymer (Fayetteville, N.C.) added seven points and 10 rebounds.
Brevard was lead by Jonathan Whitson who scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the double double. Andrew Feeman scored 11 points.
The Bobcats' next game will be Tuesday, November 25th at Queens University of Charlotte for their Conferece Carolinas opener.
2008-2009 Season Stats
Pictured: Sam Youse