BANNER ELK, N.C. - Nick DeSchepper scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, but the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's basketball team could not complete the comeback and fell to the Chowan University Hawks 79-64 in a non-conference game Saturday in Williams Gymnasium.
The Bobcats trailed from the start as the Hawks hit 10 of their first 11 shots, four from three, to open up an 11 point lead with 14:30 to play. The Hawks shot 66 percent from the floor(17-28) and 66 percent (6-9)from behind the three point line, while the Bobcats shot 50 percent (15-30) from the floor and nine percent (1-11) from three point land.
With 9:44 on the clock Landa Morrision hit a field goal to give the Hawks a 12 point lead, 29-17. The Bobcats would close the lead to six on an Aaron Willey (Kingsport, Tenn.) field goal with 4:13 left in the half. After three straight Hawk baskets, Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, Tenn.) hit a shot to close the gap to eight, 33-41, heading into the locker rooms.
The Bobcats came out in the second half on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to one, 45-44, with 16:05 to play. During the run, DeSchepper (Fishers, Ind.) had five points, Woodacre had four points and Kyle Boardman (Clemmons, N.C.) hit a three.
The Hawks responded with an 11-5 run to extend the lead to 12, 58-46, with 11:26 left in the game. During the run Jaleel Nelson knocked down five points and recorded a steal.
The Bobcats saw the lead extended to 13, 62-49, with 8:55 minutes left in game when Nelson hit a free throw. The Bobcats never recovered as Chowan pushed the lead to as many as 17 before reaching the final of 79-64.
In the second half the Hawks cooled down, but still continued to shoot 56 percent (13-23) from the field and 20 percent (1-5) from the three point line. The Bobcats had a 50 percent (12-24) field percentage and a 27 percent (3-11) three-point percentage in the second half.
The Hawks capitalized on 19 Bobcat turnovers to score 22 points, while the Bobcats only scored seven points on 17 Hawk turnovers.
Chowan's bench outscored the Lees-McRae bench 36-8.
DeScheppers' 25 points was a game high. Woodacre added 13 points, and Boardman added 12 points and a team high six rebounds.
For Chowan, Aaron Scott led the Hawks with 16 points. Layth Mansour added 14 points and a team high six boards. Nelson compiled 13 points, while Morrison and Mark Brown added 12 and 10 points respectively.
The Bobcats' next game is Wednesday, December 10th at 7 p.m. at Tusculum College.
2008-2009 Season Stats
Pictured: Nick DeSchepper