Limestone holds off Lees-McRae, 69-59

Box score

GAFFNEY, S.C. --- The Limestone College men's basketball team utilized a 24-12 second half run en route to a 69-59 win over Lees-McRae College on Thursday night in Conference Carolinas play.

Limestone (20-5, 14-3 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 46.4 percent for the game, including an even 50 percent mark in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae to a 41.4 clip from the floor and limiting the Bobcats (6-19, 2-15 CC) to a 6-for-16 night from beyond the arc. The Bobcats edged the Saints by a 37-36 margin on the glass, as Limestone converted 14 Lees-McRae miscues into 11 points.

Jarrell Douglass (Leesburg, Fla.) paced the Saints with a game-high 21 points, connecting on 8-of-17 attempts from the floor, as Michael Barrett (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Ashton Ford (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Joe Raga (Lithia, Fla.) and Stewart Clark (Atlanta, Ga.) each tallied nine points, while Danny Friend (Morrow, Ga.) added seven markers and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Adam McFerran (Stow, Ohio) and Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) led the Bobcats with 12 points each, while Sam Youse and Reshon Benjamin (Valdosta, Ga.) added 10 and eight markers, respectively. McFerran nearly posted a double-double with nine rebounds, as Dairl Scott, Jr. (Pfafftown, N.C.) chipped in eight boards. Benjamin also tallied a game-high four assists for Lees-McRae.

Lees-McRae started off strong, opening an early 9-2 lead on a McFerran layup before Limestone countered with an 8-2 spurt, trimming the margin to 11-10 on a Douglass bucket at the 12:15 mark. The teams traded baskets for much of the next 10 minutes, until Limestone closed out the half with a 7-2 run to take a 32-27 lead into the intermission following a last-second layup by Nick Debnam (Raleigh, N.C.).

Lees-McRae responded in the second half, cutting the lead to 37-36 on a pair of Youse free throws before Limestone regained control, countering with a 13-5 run to take a 50-41 advantage on a Ford triple at the 10:24 mark. The Saints would push the lead to a game-high 13 points at 61-48 with 4:19 to play on a Douglass free throw.

The Bobcats showed tremendous poise over the final four minutes, cutting the lead to 66-59 with a Youse triple before Limestone tallied the last three points of the game to close out the win.

Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Saturday when the Bobcats host Coker College on Senior Day in Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. following the Senior Day festivities. Coker defeated Lees-McRae by an 81-61 margin in the season's first matchup on Jan. 22 in Hartsville, S.C.

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