December 19, 2008

Bobcats Fall to Division I Phoenix, 81-52

ELON, N.C. - Ola Atoyebi recorded a double-double performance with a game-high 21 points and a contest-best 10 rebounds for the Phoenix as Elon defeated the Lees-McRae College Bobcats 81-52 in nonconference men's basketball game Friday night at Alumni Gym.

Kyle Boardman came away with 11 points and six rebounds to lead the Bobcats (0-11). Aaron Woodacre put up 10 points, ReShon Benjamin pulled down six boards and Nick DeSchepper registered three steals for Lee-McRae.

Brett James ended up with 16 points for Elon (3-4) while Devan Carter scored 12 points, and Chris Long added 11 markers for the Phoenix. T.J.

Atoyebi sank a pair of free throws to give Elon the lead for good at 10-9 with 16:35 to play in the first half. The Phoenix scored six of the game's next 10 points to go up 16-13 on a layup by Long with 13:29 to go in the opening stanza. Boardman's put-back pulled the Bobcats to within 16-15, but James hit a bucket to ignite a 13-3 surge as Elon extended its edge to 29-18 on a freebie by Atoyebi with 7:02 left in the first period.

Lees-McRae responded by going on a 12-8 spurt to inch to within 37-30 on a three-point field goal by DeSchepper with 1:53 remaining before the break. The Phoenix answered with a 21-4 run to extend the lead to 58-34 on Terrance Birdette's basket with 14:40 left in the contest.

The Bobcats made one final run with a 16-8 spurt to draw to within 66-50 on an old-fashioned three-point-play by Woodacre at the 9:23 mark. Elon went on to close the game out with a 15-2 surge, capped by Monty Sanders' jumper with 1:43 left.

The Phoenix outscored Lees-McRae 46-24 in the paint, 26-7 off turnovers, 17-14 off second chances and 24-2 off fast breaks. The Bobcats' bench outscored the Elon bench 20-18 and won the battle of the boards 42-41. The Phoenix forced 24 turnovers while committing 13.

Elon shot 52.3 percent (34 of 65) from the field - 16.7 percent (2 of 12) from three-point range - and 50 percent (11 of 22) from the charity stripe. Lees-McRae fired 28.6 percent (18 of 63) from the floor - 31.3 percent (5 of 16) from downtown - and 78.6 percent (11 of 14) from the free throw line.

The Bobcats will return to action after Christmas for a New Year's Eve game at UNC-Pembroke on Wednesday, December 31st. Tip off is set for 2:00 p.m.

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Pictured: Kyle Boardman