Men's Basketball

Bobcats grind out critical home win over King (Tenn.), 74-70

Bobcats grind out critical home win over King (Tenn.), 74-70

Photo courtesy of Matt Jones

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team mounted a rally and picked up a 74-70 victory over rival King University Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium. The victory improves Lees-McRae's record to 6-13 overall and 3-7 in Conference Carolinas action.

Lees-McRae used a combination of low post play and free throws to take a lead into the halftime break Wednesday night. The Bobcats scored 18 of their 32 points in the paint and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the line as well. King, meanwhile, knocked down six three-pointers to keep the deficit to one possession at the break, 32-30.

King came out of the dressing room from halftime clicking offensively scoring 11 of the first 15 points in the second half. The Tornado would keep rolling until 7:24 to go in regulation when a Mike Salomon three-pointer made it 63-49 King. After that point, the Bobcats mounted their comeback with several players playing key roles. Wes Morgan made a couple key three-pointers to help the rally, including one with 13 seconds to go to lift Lees-McRae in front. Following a couple of key free throws from Quay Kimble, the Bobcats iced the game, 74-70.

Kimble ended up leading Lees-McRae in scoring Wednesday with 18 points, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort from the free throw line. Malik Wright added 11 points on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting night from the field, while Andrew Gardner and Morgan finished with 10 points each.

After four straight home games, Lees-McRae will head out on the road for its next game when it visits Mount Olive Saturday. UMO knocked off the Bobcats earlier this month in Banner Elk, 103-93. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Trojans is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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