GAFFNEY, S.C.- Led by Aaron Woodacre, who scored a game high 25 points, the Lees-McRae College Bobcats defeated the Limestone College Saints 78-66 on Thursday night in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action.
With the win, the Bobcats earned their first win of the season
and improve to 1-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference, while the
Saints fall to 3-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
An on-fire Woodacre (Piney Flats, Tenn.) shot 9 for 11 from field goal range and 7-8 from behind the three-point line for the Bobcats. Kyle Boardman (Clemmons, N.C.) had 18 points, 5-14 FG and 1-4 three point FG, and seven rebounds, while Jesse Hoots (Yadkinville, N.C.) scored 11 points, 5-8 FG and 1-3 three point FG, and had five assists. Stephen Haymer (Fayetteville, N.C.) also grabbed seven boards for the Bobcats.
Anthony Middleton had a game-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points for Limestone. Three Saints reached double-scoring figures. Michael Barrett scored 15, while Tyron Evans contributed 14 points. Stewart Clark posted 10 points.
Lees-McRae held the lead for most of the first half. The Bobcats were 16-31, 51.6 percent, from the field in the first half, as Limestone struggled. The Saints only made 10 of their 35 field-goal attempts, 28.6 percent. The Bobcats' solid shooting gave them a 39-25 lead at halftime.
Limestone fared much better in the second half, shooting 53 percent, 16-30, in field goals, including 7 of its 18 3-point attempts, 38.9 percent. Lees-McRae remained steady, making 13 of its 24, 54 percent, shot attempts. The Saints managed to cut the Bobcats' lead to 10 with 3:33 left, but Lees-McRae pulled away for the victory.
Each team scored 30 points from behind the three-point arc, with the Bobcats shooting a sizzling 50 percent, 10-20. The Saints converted 14 points from 16 visitor turnovers. The visitors only managed 11 points from 10 Limestone turnovers. Lees-McRae out-rebounded the Saints 40-30.
For the game, the Bobcats shot 52 percent, 29-55, from the floor, while the Saints shot 26-65, 40 percent.
The Bobcats will host Barton in their next game Saturday, January 10th at 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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Pictured: Aaron Woodacre