Sepokas notches 1,000th career point in setback to Mount Olive

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College senior Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) poured in a team-high 24 points on Saturday evening, becoming the seventh player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau in his career as Mount Olive College placed four players in double figures en route to a 112-70 victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

Mount Olive (4-7, 1-4 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 45.8 percent in the contest, including an even 50 percent in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (0-11, 0-5 CC) to a clip of 31 percent from the floor. The Trojans won the battle on the glass by a 55-37 margin, including a 27-16 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 22 Bobcat miscues into 28 points.

Sepokas paced the Bobcats with 24 points with a 3-for-5 night from beyond the arc while going 11-for-16 at the charity stripe. The Illawong, Australia native joined elite company in program history on Saturday, becoming the school's seventh player to surpass the 1,000-point plateau in his career; he has scored 1,005 points as a Bobcat to date.

Charles Clarke (Orlando, Fla.) added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) added seven markers of his own. Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.), Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.), and DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) each chipped in six markers.

Darrell Patterson came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points for the Trojans, knocking down five three-pointers to go along with a 6-for-7 night from the free throw line. Mahamed Ibrahim added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, connecting on a trio of three-pointers as Deshaune Green and Ewon Wright each chipped in 11 markers. Dory Hines nearly posted a double-double with nine points and a game-high eight assists, while Dontrell Brite dished out seven helpers of his own.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Mount Olive responded, answering with a 24-2 surge to take a 26-8 advantage on a Patterson triple with 10:36 to play in the first half. Lees-McRae would play with the Trojans for the remainder of the half, closing the period on a 16-11 run to trim the margin to 57-38 heading into the intermission.

Mount Olive countered in the second half, opening the period with a 17-8 surge to push the lead to 74-46 on a steal and a dunk by Kendall Hargrove with 14:54 to play. The Trojans would close out the win from there, capping the night with a 27-17 run over the final 10 minutes to seal the victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Greensboro, N.C. to take on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in a mid-season exhibition at 7 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

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