Erskine squeezes past Lees-McRae, 61-54

Box score

DUE WEST, S.C. --- The Erskine College men's basketball team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 21-10 margin down the stretch en route to a 61-54 win in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday night.

Lees-McRae (3-10, 0-6 CC) posted a 45.2 percent clip from the floor, including a 52.6 percent mark in the second half, while holding the Flying Fleet (2-9, 1-5 CC) to a 37.3 percent clip from the field. The Bobcats edged Erskine by a 31-30 margin on the glass, including a 24-21 advantage on the defensive boards.

Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) poured in a game-high 14 points, converting 8-of-8 attempts at the free throw line while recording a team-high three assists. Tevin Friday (Gastonia, N.C.), Adam McFerran (Stow, Ohio), and Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) each tallied eight points, while DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a game-high seven rebounds.

Filip Pejovic (Prijepolje, Serbia) equaled Sepokas' game-high 14 points while also pulling down a contest-best seven rebounds. DeShaun Hall (Inman, S.C.) chipped in 11 points and four rebounds, while Chris Gore (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) added a game-high four assists.

Erskine took an early 10-4 lead on a triple by Travis Liner (Charlotte, N.C.) before Lees-McRae responded, countering with a 9-0 run to claim a 13-10 advantage on a free throw by Youse at the 8:38 mark. Neither team would hold more than a three-point lead for the remainder of the half, with the Bobcats taking a narrow 26-25 advantage into the intermission.

The Flying Fleet would stay within striking distance for much of the second half, launching a 17-7 run over a four minute span to take a 57-51 lead on a free throw by Pejovic with 1:05 to play. Erskine then closed out the win with a 4-3 edge over the final minute to claim the 61-54 victory.

The Bobcats return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Hartsville, S.C. to take on Coker College at 4 p.m.

- LMC -