February 5, 2011

Bobcats cruise past Wildcats, 79-44

Box score

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Austrailia) and Dairl Scott, Jr. (Pfafftown, N.C.) each tallied 12 points to pace the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team to a 79-44 victory over Johnson and Wales University on Saturday evening.

Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added ten points for the Bobcats (5-13) as he connected on two of three attempts from beyond the arc. Leading the Wildcats (0-23) was Rodrick Latimer (Columbia, S.C.) with a game-high 13 points.

Lees-McRae controlled the pace for the duration of the game, taking advantage of the opening tip-off and recording the contest's first basketball when Gerry Hairston (Winston-Salem, N.C.) intercepted a Wildcat inbound pass and drove down the floor for the lay-in.

The Bobcats extended the lead to 15-3 with 11:30 remaining in the opening half when Youse netted the first of his two triples. Lees-McRae then pushed the margin to 22-5 two minutes later following a pair from the charity stripe by Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.). As the opening half wound down, the Bobcats continued to battle, taking a 38-22 advantage into the intermission.

In the second half, the Bobcats continued to dominate the glass, posting a 49-29 advantage on the boards for the game. The Bobcats also put together their best half of the year from the free-throw line, shooting 100 percent from the stripe by converting each of their 15 attempts in the stanza.

Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Monday when the Bobcats travel back to Charlotte to take on Queens University of Charlotte in a Conference Carolinas matchup at 7:30 p.m. The Royals won the teams' first meeting of the season by a 70-44 margin on Jan. 6.

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