Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Facing a double-digit deficit in the second half, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team mounted a rally to get within one possession in its conference opener Saturday afternoon at Emmanuel. Even with the stellar effort, the Bobcats dropped a 91-88 decision to the Lions. The loss pushes LMC's record on the season to 3-6.
LMC began Saturday's contest well as it scored 16 of the first 23 points in the tilt. The fast start was sparked by all five Bobcats that started the game as each player made at least one field goal during that stretch. However, Emmanuel relied on the tandem of Brandon Simpson (18 points) and Kendrick Colvin (13 points) to not only tie Lees-McRae but also take the lead. When the two squads went to halftime, EC held a 45-40 lead on LMC.
It looked like Emmanuel could run away from the Bobcats in the second half. The Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second. Lees-McRae clawed back, however, to get back within one possession of the Lions in the closing minutes. LMC shot 56 percent from the field in the second half to spark the comeback. Despite LMC's best efforts, Emmanuel was able to knock down some key free throws to preserve the victory.
Freshman Andrew Gardner led LMC with 20 points and seven rebounds Saturday. It marked Gardner's second straight 20-plus point performance. Quay Kimble added 16 points, while the duo of Jerick Haynes and Anthony Hicks both chipped in 14 points each.
The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday evening when they host Limestone at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off for that matchup is set for 7:30 p.m.