WILSON, N.C. --- Gerald Boston (Burlington, N.C.) tallied game-highs of 16 points and 12 assists to pace the Barton College men's basketball team to a 93-76 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday night.
Barton (5-3, 2-1 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 50.7 percent on the night, including a 59.4 percent clip in the first half, while converting 25 Lees-McRae (3-4, 0-2 CC) turnovers into 30 points. The Bobcats shot 43.1 percent in the game, including a 50 percent clip in the second half.
Boston and L.J. Dunn (Raleigh, N.C.) each posted a game-high 16 points, as Dunn pulled down a contest-best seven rebounds. Jaren Haley (Woodbridge, Va.), Aaron Coats (Salemsburg, N.C.), and R.D. Dowdy (Chapel Hill, N.C.) joined Boston and Dunn in double figures with 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Boston posted a game-high five steals.
Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 15 points, knocking down a game-high three shots from beyond the arc. Gerry Hairston (Winston-Salem, N.C.) chipped in 14 points for the Bobcats, while Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) and Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) each posted 13 markers. DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded a game-high two blocks, while Sepokas paced the Bobcats with four assists.
Barton opened an early 8-4 lead before pushing the margin to 17-6 on a Boston layup at the 14:52 mark to cap a 9-2 run. The Bobcats would cut the advantage to 17-11 with a 5-0 spurt before Barton regained control, pushing the lead to 25-11 with an 8-0 run that was capped by a Coats jumper with 11:11 left in the half.
The Bulldogs continued to dictate the flow of play, widening the margin to 36-14 with an 11-3 run over the next four minutes. Lees-McRae would battle back, cutting the advantage to 42-32 with an 18-6 run over the next four minutes, a spurt which was capped by a four-point play by Youse with 3:26 remaining in the half. Barton then closed out the half with an 8-3 spurt to carry a 50-35 lead into the intermission.
Barton would carry the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 18-4 run to take a 68-39 lead on a three-point play by Coats with 15:16 remaining in the game. Lees-McRae battled back, trimming the margin to 70-52 with a 13-2 run before cutting the lead to 76-61 on a Sepokas layup at the 9:17 mark. The Bulldogs would push the lead back to 23 points on a trio of occasions down the stretch, before Lees-McRae closed out the game with a 7-1 run to equal the final margin of 93-76.
Lees-McRae returns to the court next Saturday, Dec. 11 when the Bobcats host Carson-Newman College in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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