Cobras sneak past Bobcats, 81-61

Box score

HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- The Coker College men's basketball team out-rebounded Lees-McRae College by a 38-28 margin, and held the Bobcats to a 35 percent mark from the field en route to an 81-61 win in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday evening.

Coker (5-9, 3-4 CC) connected on 51.8 percent of its field goal attempts and 62.5 percent of its chances from beyond the arc, while limiting the Bobcats (3-11, 0-7 CC) to a 35.3 percent clip from the floor. The Cobras won the battle on the glass by a 38-28 margin, including a 26-17 advantage on the defensive boards, while also outscoring the Bobcats by a 32-14 spread in the paint. The Bobcats also converted 18 Cobra miscues into 26 points in the contest.

Adam McFerran (Stow, Ohio) poured in a game-high 22 points for the Bobcats, connecting on 7-of-15 attempts from the floor and going 8-for-11 at the free throw line. The senior guard also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) joined McFerran in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively, as Youse posted game-highs of three assists and four steals.

Delonte Doles (Roswell, Ga.) paced the Cobras with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Tom Wright (Sydney, Australia) and Liam Kyle (Cleveland, Ohio) chipped in 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Wright pulled down a team-high six rebounds, while Doles and Kyle each chipped in a game-high three assists. David Short (Darlington, S.C.) also recorded a game-high four steals for the Cobras.

Coker took control early, launching an 18-1 run following a game-opening triple by Sepokas to take an 18-4 lead on a Ryan Aijan (Santa, Barbara, Calif.) layup with 11:38 to play in the half. The Bobcats would answer with a 14-10 run, cutting the margin to 28-18 at the 6:05 mark following four-straight triples from Youse.

The Cobras pushed the lead back to 13 points on a Aijan triple at the 3:01 mark, taking a 37-24 advantage before the Bobcats closed out the half with a 4-0 spurt, capped by a last-second McFerran layup to trim the margin to 37-28 heading into the intermission.

Coker reclaimed the momentum early in the second half, pushing the lead to 46-32 on a Kyle jumper before the Bobcats answered with a quick 5-0 spurt to cut the margin to 46-37 on a McFerran layup with 15:53 to play. After Lees-McRae cut the lead to 49-41 on a pair of free throws by Tevin Friday (Gastonia, N.C. at the 13:47 mark, the Cobras answered with a 20-7 run to take a 69-48 lead on a Doles three-point play with 6:46 to play.

The Bobcats would fight back with a 9-2 run, cutting the margin to 71-57 on the heels of a five-point spurt by Sepokas with 4:45 left on the clock. Coker reclaimed the momentum and quelled the rally from there, closing out the win with a 10-4 run to equal the final margin of 81-61.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Belmont Abbey College in Williams Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

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