BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lees-McRae College had four plays score in double-digit points for the first time this season, but the Bobcats fell the Pfeiffer University Falcons, 108-94, Thursday night in Williams Gymnasium in Conference Carolinas men's basketball game.
Leading the way for the Bobcat was Adam McFerran who tallied 22 points going 9-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Sam Youse added 20 points by going 8-fo-13 from the floor and knocking down four three pointers. Daniel Sepokas and Reshon Benjamin added 12 and ten points respectively for the Bobcats. Sepokas also had a team-high five assists and grabbed six rebounds. Stephen Haymer added four blocked shots on the defensive side for the Bobcats.
For Pfeiffer, Chris Woods earned a double-double with 25 points and ten rebounds. Davon Gillard also scored 25 points for the Falcons by going 7-of-10 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Jeff Pettiway added 17 points.
Pfeiffer took an early 7-0 lead a minute and a half into the game and the went on a 10-2 run to take a 19-9 lead at the 13:42 mark in the first half. Lees-McRae would battle back with a Youse three and a Jeremy Helms layup to cut the lead to five points, 19-14, but Pfeiffer would go on a 10-0 run to take a 29-14 lead capped off by a James Crowder three with eleven minutes to play in the half.
With 7:34 left in the half, Pfeiffer held a 32-22 lead, but Lees-McRae used threes by Terrance Bridgeman and Helms and jumper by Jeremiah Henry to cut the lead to four, 34-30, a minute and a half later.
In the final minutes of the half and Pfeiffer up nine, 45-36, Lees-McRae would close the gap to one point, 49-48 on back-to-back threes by Corey Young and McFerran with 1:53 remaining in the first half. However, would carry a six-point lead, 54-48 into the break.
After the half, Lees-McRae keep the lead to single digits until free throws by Woods gave Pfeiffer an 11 point lead, 71-60, with 14:12 to play.
Lees-McRae cut the lead to six, 78-72 with just under nine minutes to play on a McFerran three, but Pfeiffer answered by pushing the lead to ten a minute later.
Lees-McRae would get no closer with Pfeiffer taking a 16 point lead five times over the remaining minutes and held their largest lead of the game 17 points with 30 seconds to play, but a Youse three ended the game cutting the margin of victory to 108-94.
Lees-McRae had their best shooting percentage from the floor and from three on the season by hitting 53 percent of their field goals and knocking down 45 percent of their threes. Pfeiffer was 53 percent overall and 66 percent from three.
Pfeiffer took advantage of 26 Bobcat turnovers to and scored 34 points, while Lees-McRae scored 15 points on 15 Falcon turnovers. Pfeiffer also held a 12 point advantage in the paint with 38 points compared to Lees-McRae's 26.
Lees-McRae's game against Barton Saturday has been postponed due to inclement weather heading to Banner Elk, so the Bobcats next game will be Wednesday at home against Limestone.