BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team followed up its victory Friday night against Carson-Newman with an 89-78 win over UVa-Wise Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The victory moves Lees-McRae's record to 2-0 on the young season.
The opening 20 minutes of Saturday's game were competitive. The tandem of Quay Kimble and Kamil Williams combined to net 32 of the team's 47 points in the first half. With both Kimble and Williams scoring in bunches, the Cavaliers struggled to get their long distance shooting dialed in as they went 1-for-13 in the first half from beyond the arc. Thanks to those two factors, the Bobcats held a 47-37 lead going into the halftime break.
The second half was even tighter yet. Lees-McRae would outscore the Cavaliers by just one point in the second half, 42-41. The difference was that the Bobcats shot 56 percent from the field and went a perfect 10-for-10 from the line to seal their second consecutive victory to begin the 2019-20 campaign. The last time the Bobcats began a season 2-0 was back in the 2013-14 season when they knocked off Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne.
Kimble and Williams led the way for the Bobcats scoring 25 and 16 points, respectively. Jason Saintizaire added 10, while the duo of London England and Jerick Haynes chipped in nine points each off the bench. Additionally, Kimble shot an impressive 7-for-8 from the field, 4-for-4 from three-point range and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line on the night. Furthermore, the Bobcats went a perfect 23-for-23 from the free throw line against the Cavaliers.
The Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday when they head to Charlotte to take on nationally-ranked Queens in another non-conference matchup. Tip-off between the Royals and Bobcats is set for 6 p.m.