Men's Basketball

Strong Second Half Powers Bobcats to 87-70 Victory over Southern Wesleyan

Strong Second Half Powers Bobcats to 87-70 Victory over Southern Wesleyan

Photo courtesy of Matt Jones

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Despite facing a deficit at halftime, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team cruised to a 87-70 victory over Southern Wesleyan Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium. The win pushes LMC's record to 4-7 overall and 1-2 within Conference Carolinas play.

Both teams used a form of pressure defense to play havoc on the opposing offense to begin Wednesday's contest. There was a total of 23 turnovers committed in the first half between the two teams, including 13 by the Bobcats. Even with eight points each from Quay Kimble and Anthony Hicks, the Bobcats faced a 36-34 deficit going to the locker room for halftime.

The Bobcats came back with a vengeance in the second half outscoring the Warriors 53-34 over the final 20 minutes on their way to a convincing 87-70 victory. As a team, Lees-McRae shot 74.2 percent from the field, out-rebounded SWU 20-8 in the second half and eight different Bobcats scored points in the second frame.

Overall, five different Bobcats finished Wednesday's contest in double figures. Andrew Gardner posted 19 points to lead all scorers. Kimble and Hicks both added 14 points, while Jerick Haynes posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Freshman Kerry Richardson rounded out the double-figure scorers Wednesday for LMC scoring a season-high 11 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.

Lees-McRae will look to win its second game in a row Saturday when it hosts North Greenville at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

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