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 victory.
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.
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