Men's Basketball

Strong Second Half leads King to a 85-81 victory over the Bobcats

Strong Second Half leads King to a 85-81 victory over the Bobcats

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night in Bristol, Tennessee as King University upended the Bobcats by a score of 85-81. The loss moves Lees-McRae's record to 6-2 overall and 1-1 within Conference Carolinas play.

The opening 20 minutes of action started well for the Bobcats. Lees-McRae jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead on King before three minutes ran off the clock forcing the Tornado to burn an early timeout. Three King turnovers to go along with a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc sparked this fast start by LMC. King, however, would chip away at the Bobcat lead throughout the rest of the first half and whittle it down to as little as three points on two different occasions. Even with the comeback attempt for King, Lees-McRae still took a five-point lead into the locker room for halftime, 41-36.

King continued its comeback quest when the two teams returned to the floor for the second half. First, the Tornado finally tied the score at 48 with 17:03 to go in the second half. After that, the Tornado took their first lead of the contest with a little over 16 minutes remaining. With the momentum switched, the Tornado shot an impressive 55.6 percent from the second half to stay in front of the Bobcats for the remainder of the contest winning, 85-81. King and Lees-McRae were locked in a one possession battle for the last two minutes of regulation until the final made free throw by the Tornado with eight seconds extended their lead to four. Prior to that made free throw, the Bobcats did have a chance to tie the game but that shot attempt rimmed out.

Individually, the Bobcats were led by Kamil Williams and his 30 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Jerick Haynes (14 points), Quay Kimble (12 points) and Andrew Gardner (11 points) also finished the night in double figures for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host Piedmont International in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.

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