Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team fell in its opening game of the 2018-19 season Friday evening in Bristol, Tennessee to Columbus State, 91-84. Senior Malik Wright led the way for the Bobcats with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
For most of Friday's game neither team could build up much of a lead. A major key in Columbus State's eventual victory was its ability to turn Lees-McRae's turnovers into points. Nearly a third of the Cougars' points Friday (29 points) came via a Bobcat turnover. On top of that, the Cougars connected for six three-pointers in the final 20 minutes to help turn the halftime score of 40-40 into a seven-point victory.
Overall, the Bobcats connected on half of its shots (28-of-56) from the field Friday. In addition to Wright's performance, freshmen Wes Morgan (11 points), Anthony Hicks (10 points) and Andrew Gardner (10 points) also posted double figure point totals on the night. Additionally, Quay Kimble led Lees-McRae on the glass totaling a team-high 11 rebounds in the contest.
The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on Flagler College. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from King University in Bristol.