BELMONT, N.C. -- Despite Daniel Sepokas 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 7-of-11 from the free throw line, the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's basketball team fell 81-67 to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders.
Sepokas also recorded a four-point play and three-point all within a minute and a half time span in the first half. The freshman knocked down a three, was fouled and hit his free throw in the 2:56 mark. At the 1:48 mark, Sepokas made a jumper got the foul and sank the free throw to earn the old-fashion three-point play.
Following Sepokas was Adam McFerran, who scored 17 points on 7-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity strip and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. McFerran's double digits marks for only the first times season a Bobcat player has recorded back-to-back double digit scoring totals.
For The Abbey, Tyshawn Good notched 21 points by going 8-of-11 from the floor, 1-of-3 from three and 4-of-6 from the line. Patrick Kuhlman and Richard Barbee followed with 13 points apiece, and Harvin Council scored 12 points. Ian Parry grabbed team-high ten rebounds for the Crusaders.
Lees-McRae never led during the game with The Abbey taking a six point lead, 12-6 at the 13:57 mark.
The Bobcats would claw within one, 12-11, a minute later, but the Crusaders quickly extended the lead to 16 points, 29-13, with a 17-2 run.
The Abbey would close the half up 13 points, 39-26.
After the half, the lead was pushed to 20 points, 50-30, at the 16-minute mark, and to a game-high 28 points, 71-43, with just over seven minutes to play in the game.
Lees-McRae again would scrap back and close the lead to 11, 77-66, with 1:47 to play, but The Abbey finished the game up 81-67 for the win.
The Bobcats were outrebounded 42-23 by the Crusaders.
The Crusaders outshot the Bobcats from the floor 56 percent to 41 percent and from three 55 percent compared to 30 percent in the game.
Lees-McRae will host Pfeiffer Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium for their next game.