Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Despite receiving a career-high 33 points from Jerick Haynes, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team fell to Limestone in Conference Carolinas action Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium, 100-96. The loss pushes LMC's record to 3-7 overall and 0-2 within conference play.
The first half was a shootout as the two teams combined to score 109 points in the half. The Saints connected on nine three-pointers in the first half to power their squad to a 58-49 lead at the break. Haynes and Andrew Gardner both kept the Bobcats within striking distance with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Facing a nine-point deficit to begin the second half, the Bobcats quickly rallied to erase the Limestone lead to build their own lead, 62-60. Limestone and Lees-McRae would trade turns with the lead over the course of the final 16 minutes or so until the Saints went on a 5-0 run to close out the 100-96 victory over the Bobcats.
In addition to his 33 points Tuesday, Haynes also added 11 rebounds for his first double-double in a Bobcat uniform. Gardner also finished Tuesday's contest with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Quay Kimble (13 points) and Jonathan Webb (12 points) also finished in double figures for LMC.
Next up for the Bobcats is a trip to league rival Mount Olive on Saturday. Tip-off between Lees-McRae and UMO is slated for 4 p.m.