BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team turned in a solid defensive effort en route to a 70-44 win over Lees-McRae College on Thursday night in Conference Carolinas action.
Queens (7-4, 3-0 CC) knocked down an even 50 percent of its field attempts on the night, including a 52 percent clip in the first half, while limiting Lees-McRae (3-7, 0-3 CC) to a 30.6 percent mark from the floor. The Royals won the battle on the glass by a 38-30 margin, including a 27-18 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 18 Bobcats miscues into 18 points.
Adam McFerran (Stow, Ohio) led the way for the Bobcats with a double-double, recording game-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds while knocking down 6-of-13 attempts from the floor. Tevin Friday (Gastonia, N.C.) and Daniel Sepokas (Ilawong, Australia) chipped in seven and six points, respectively, while Matt Eller (Lake Norman, N.C.) recorded a game-high three steals.
Queens' Daniel Bailey (Irmo, S.C.) equaled McFerran's game-high of 16 points, connecting on 7-of-10 attempts from the floor and grabbing five rebounds to pace the Royals. Reggie Hopkins (Gastonia, N.C.) joined Bailey in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while David Mason (Decatur, Ga.) and Sean Eads (Greenville, S.C.) chipped in with nine and eight markers, respectively. Brent Evans (Beaufort, S.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Royals, while Joshua Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C.) dished out a game-best three assists.
The Royals took command early, opening a 17-5 lead on an Eads triple at the 13:35 mark of the first half. Eads added another three-pointer 30 seconds later to push the lead to 21-5 before Bailey knocked down a jumper with 9:09 left in the period to widen the margin to 25-8. Queens would push the lead to 33-13 with an 8-5 spurt over the next six and a half minutes, taking a 39-18 lead into the intermission.
Queens carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 8-2 run to push the margin to 47-20 on a Preston Newlin (Graham, N.C.) layup at the 17:17 mark. The Royals maintained at least a 20-point lead for the remainder of the game, pushing the margin to as much as 34 points at 64-30 with six minutes left on the clock. The Bobcats would finish strong, outscoring the Royals by a 14-6 margin over the final six minutes.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Mount Olive College to continue their conference schedule. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium on Take a Kid to the Game day.
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