BANNER ELK, N.C. - With four seconds in the game the Lees-McRae College Bobcats missed an basket off a baseline inbound to fall to the Limestone College Saints, 62-59, Wednesday night in Conference Carolinas men's basketball game.
After keeping the Limestone lead under double digits in the second, Anthony Johnson made two free throws to pull the Bobcats within one point, 58-57 with 1:56 to play. After a defensive stop, Jeremiah Henry gave the Bobcats the lead, 60-59, with 38 seconds to play on a tough basket in the lane, but Queens took it right back with a Jarrell Douglass bucket with 19 seconds on the clock. After the first Bobcat play was spoiled forcing an inbound, Adam McFerran made a great move and got off a contested shot that rattle in and out. Tryon Evans grabbed the rebound for the Saints and was fouled with one second on the clock. Evans hit both of his free throws to give the Saints the 62-59 win.
In the first half, Limestone took an early 6-5 lead on a Douglass field goal just three minutes into the game, and the Saints would the lead to eight, 18-10, at the 11-minute mark. They would take their largest lead of the half, 11 points, two minutes later with a 23-12 lead, but Lees-McRae would close the gap to five on a Corey Young three with 1:34 remaining in the half. However, Limestone would make the last basket to take a 26-34 lead into the locker rooms and set up for the second half finish.
Overall Limestone was 38 percent from the floor and 22 percent from three, while Lees-McRae was 37 percent overall and 27 percent from three.
McFerran led the Bobcats with 13 points, and Henry added eight points. Five Bobcats added six points: Sam Youse, Stephen Haymer, Johnson, Daniel Sepokas and Jesse Hoots. Haymer and Henry collected a team-high seven rebounds, and Johsnon had a team-high five assists.
For Limestone, Douglass and Michael Barrett had a team-high 11 points apiece. Danny Friend added ten points for the Saints by going 5-of-8 from the floor. Douglass also led the Saints with six rebounds.
Lees-McRae will host St. Andrews Saturday for their next game with tipoff set for 4 p.m.