February 1, 2012

Abbey surges past Bobcats, 84-63

Box score

BELMONT, N.C. --- Tyshawn Good and Kyle Phillips each posted at least 20 points to lead the Belmont Abbey College men's basketball team to an 84-63 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday night in the Wheeler Center.

Belmont Abbey (13-7, 7-3 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 53.6 percent on the night, including a blistering 62.1 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (5-13, 5-5 CC) to a 34.4 percent mark from the floor in the contest. The Abbey won the battle on the glass by a 41-35 margin, including a 28-18 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 16 Bobcat miscues into 22 points.

Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 15 points (all in the second half) on 4-of-9 shooting, including a 5-for-6 night from the charity stripe, as BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) and Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) each added 10 markers. Lamot and Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) each posted a team-best three assists, while DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded a game-high three blocks. Tillman, Battle, Henry, and Lamot each posted a game-high five rebounds.

Good led all scorers with 27 points, going 7-for-10 from the floor and 12-for-14 at the free throw line while recording a game-high four steals. Phillips added 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, as Jay Council chipped in 13 markers with a 5-for-8 night from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark beyond the arc. Terrone Sheffey posted a game-high four assists, as Council and Matthew Graves each notched a contest-best five boards.

The Abbey opened the game on a strong note, taking an early 13-8 lead on a jumper by Phillips at the 15:00 mark. After the Bobcats cut the lead to 13-11, Belmont Abbey answered with a 9-2 run to push the margin to 22-13 on a Good freebie with 8:07 to go in the half. The Bobcats would close the gap to 26-23 with a 10-4 run, cutting the lead to three on a jumper by Henry with less than two minutes left on the clock before a layup by Good sent the Abbey into the intermission with a 30-24 lead.

Belmont Abbey carried the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 37-27 on a dunk by Phillips at the 16:41 mark. After the Bobcats cut the lead to 38-32 on a triple by Battle, the Abbey answered with a 16-0 run, pushing the advantage to 54-32 following a Council layup with 11:16 to play. The Abbey would hold on from there, closing out the 21-point victory with a 13-9 spurt over the final three minutes.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Young Harris College at 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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