JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. --- The Carson-Newman
College men's basketball team placed three players in double
figures and outscored visiting Lees-McRae College by a 52-24 margin
in the first half en route to a 94-73 victory on Saturday afternoon
in Holt Fieldhouse.
Carson-Newman (7-4) posted a field goal percentage of 56.6
percent on the afternoon, including a 61.5 percent clip in the
first half, while limiting Lees-McRae (0-7) to a 44.4 percent mark
from the floor overall. The Eagles edged the Bobcats by a 34-31
margin on the glass, including a 28-21 advantage on the defensive
boards, as the Bobcats posted a 55.2 percent field goal percentage
over the final 20 minutes of play.
Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) and DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.)
paced the Bobcats with 16 points each, as Daniel Sepokas (Illwaong,
Australia) added 11 markers and a game-high seven assists. Freshman
Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added seven points and six assists, while
DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in seven markers and six
Antoine Davis and Ishmael Sanders each poured in a game-high 21
points to lead the way for Carson-Newman, while Kennedy Eubanks
added 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Sanders and Davis also dished
out six and five assists, respectively, while finishing in a
four-way tie for the team lead with five rebounds.
Lees-McRae started off strong, taking a narrow 9-7 lead on a
three-point play by Tillman at the 16:39 mark before Carson-Newman
responded, going on a 37-12 surge to open a 44-21 advantage on a
pair of Sanders freebies with 4:16 to play in the half. The Eagles
would then close out the half with an 8-3 spurt to take a 52-24
lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats came out determined in the second half, opening the
period with a 12-6 run to cut the margin to 58-36 on a
three-pointer by Brown at the 16:52 mark. After Carson-Newman
pushed the lead to 69-42 on a jumper by Kevin Hare, the Bobcats
responded with an 8-0 run, closing the gap to 69-50 on a Brown free
throw with 10:31 left on the clock.
Carson-Newman would refuse to cede control, outscoring the
Bobcats by a narrow 25-23 margin over the final 10 minutes to close
out the 94-73 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday when the Bobcats
travel to Young Harris, Ga. to take on Young Harris College in a 7