Brown, Bobcats rain threes on Fleet in 82-68 victory

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) poured in a game-high 22 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc, to lead the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team to an 82-68 win over Erskine College on Tuesday night in Conference Carolinas play.

Lees-McRae (3-9, 3-1 CC) posted a blistering field goal percentage of 62.2 percent in the contest, including a scorching 15-for-19 night from beyond the arc, while dominating the battle on the glass by a 31-16 margin. Erskine (3-10, 1-3 CC) had a superb night from the floor as well, posting a field goal percentage of 50 percent, while knocking down 10-of-19 attempts from three-point range. The Flying Fleet also converted 16 Bobcats miscues into 31 points, while the Bobcat bench held a 27-23 scoring edge.

Brown led all scorers with 22 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor (all from three-point range) and converting 4-of-4 attempts at the free throw line off the bench. BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) added 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 night from downtown, as Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added 15 markers.

Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) and Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, as Henry recorded a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) added a game-high six assists, while Sepokas chipped in five helpers of his own. Sophomore DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) also posted a contest-best three blocks for the Bobcats.

Corey Sorrell paced the Fleet with 21 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor and converting 7-of-11 attempts at the charity stripe. Mike Gabbard added 15 points and a game-high six assists, while Travis Liner chipped in 12 markers with a perfect 4-for-4 night from downtown. Sorrell also posted a team-high six rebounds.

The Bobcats rallied from an early 6-0 deficit in the first half, going on a 15-0 run to take a 15-6 lead on Battle's second three-pointer of the game at the 15:15 mark. Erskine countered with a 13-5 spurt, closing the gap to 20-19 on a Gabbard jumper before the Bobcats responded, closing out the period with a 25-12 run over the final 10 minutes to take a 45-31 lead into the intermission.

Erskine would answer in the second half, opening the period with a 20-13 run to cut the margin to 58-51 on Gabbard's layup with 10:39 to play. After the Fleet trimmed the lead to 64-59 on a Liner triple at the 6:28 mark, Young and Battle knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 70-59 with less than five minutes left on the clock. The Bobcats took control from there, closing out their third straight win with a 10-5 run over the last two and a half minutes of play to equal the final margin of 82-68.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Mount Olive, N.C. to take on Mount Olive College in a pivotal conference matchup at 4 p.m.

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