February 9, 2009

Bobcats Bounce Saints, 73-64

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Sophomores Aaron Woodacre, who scored 26 points, and Jesse Hoots, who handed out a career high 14 assists, gave the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's basketball team their second win of the season, 73-64, and season sweep of the Limestone College Saints Monday night in a Conference Carolinas clash in Williams Gymnasium.


The win snaps a nine game skid and improves the Bobcats to 2-23 overall and 2-13 in the conference, while the Saints fall to 8-14 overall and 6-9 in the conference.

Hoots' 14 assists ties him for sixth in the nation in Division II basketball in assists in a single game and places him first in the conference in that category. He boasted a 7-to-1 turnover ration in the game, 14 assists and two turnovers.

Woodacre's 26 points was a game high for the Bobocats. Freshman Kyle Boardman recorded his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Eleven of his 19 points came in the second half.

Michael Barrett, who scored 21 points, led Limestone. Anthony Middleton had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Barrett and Middleton were the only two Saints in double digits.

Limestone jumped out to a 10-2 lead two minutes into the contest highlighted by four Middleton points and a blocked shot.

A Barrett three pointer with 11:22 showing on the clock gave the Saints a 12-point lead, 22-10, and another Barrett field goal six minutes later gave the Saints a 13 point lead, 33-20, for the largest lead of the half.

Lees-McRae's offense hit a rhythm following the Barrett bucket as the Bobcats went on a 17-2 run to close the half. During the run, Woodacre drilled three threes and Boardman canned another to give the Bobcats a 38-36 lead at the break.

The two teams had identical numbers from the floor and behind the arc in the first half. They were 42 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three.

After the break, Shawn Creal knocked down a trey to give the Saints a one point lead, 39-38, but Hoots kept the ball and responded with his own three give the Bobcats the lead right back and for good.

The Bobcats kept their distance in the second half until a Barrett field goal with 4:58 to play cut the lead to two, 61-59, but Woodacre again stepped up and knocked down a three for the Bobcats.

Woodacre sealed the deal for the Bobcats when he sank two free throws with 35 seconds to play to push the lead to 73-64 and give the game its final score.

In the second half, Lees-McRae was a scorching 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, while Limestone dropped to 27 percent overall and just eight percent from behind the three point line.

Lees-McRae scored 36 points from long range, while Limestone had 21 points.

The Bobcats averaged 1.11 points per shot, and Limestone only averaged .88 points per shot.

Lees-McRae will take to the hardwood again Thursday, February 12 against Belmont Abbey at 7:30 p.m.

Pictured: Jesse Hoots

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