CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Reggie Hopkins (Gastonia,
N.C.) poured in 22 points to lead four Royals in double figures, as
the Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team held off a
second-half rally by Lees-McRae College en route to a 70-60 win in
Conference Carolinas play on Monday night.
Queens (15-5, 11-1 CC) shot an even 50 percent for the game,
including a 52 percent clip in the first half, while holding
Lees-McRae to a 38.8 percent mark from the floor. The Royals won
the battle on the glass by a 37-29 margin, including a 21-14
advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 16 Bobcat
miscues into 23 points.
Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 11 points
on 4-of-10 shooting, as Reshon Benjamin (Valdosta, Ga.) and Tevin
Friday (Gastonia, N.C.) each tallied 10 markers. Adam McFerran
(Stow, Ohio) chipped in seven points, while Gerry Hairston added a
game-high four assists.
Hopkins led the way for Queens with a game-high 22 points,
connecting on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor, while going 3-for-5
from beyond the arc and 11-for-13 at the charity stripe. Antonio
Stabler (Garner, N.C.) added a double-double with 17 points and a
game-high 10 rebounds, while Brent Evans (Beaufort, S.C.) and
Daniel Bailey (Irmo, S.C.) chipped in 16 and 12 markers,
respectively. Evans also added seven rebounds as Hopkins and Sam
Eads (Greenville, S.C.) each tallied a team-high three assists.
After Queens opened the game with a 5-0 run, the Bobcats
answered with a spurt of their own, launching an 11-3 surge to take
an 11-8 lead on a Friday jumper with 13:24 to play in the half. The
teams would battle back and forth over the next five minutes before
Queens took control, closing out the period on a 17-6 run to take a
36-25 lead into the intermission.
Queens held the advantage for the remainder of the game, pushing
the lead to a game-high 16 points with just over four minutes to
play, and holding off a late Bobcat run to preserve the
Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Thursday when the Bobcats
host Erskine College to continue their conference slate. Tip-off is
scheduled for 7:30 p.m. As part of a fundraiser in association with
Samaritan's Feet, a not-for-profit organization that is aimed at
serving the impoverished by providing them with shoes, Sebastian
Wild will coach the Bobcats barefoot on Thursday.