The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team held on for a 63-61 win over North Greenville University on Wednesday evening in Conference Carolinas play, surviving a late rally attempt by the Crusaders in Hayes Gymnasium.
North Greenville (8-6, 3-4 CC) won nearly every battle except
the one that mattered most, as Lees-McRae (4-11, 4-3 CC) held a two-point edge on the scoreboard when the final buzzer sounded. The Crusaders posted a field goal percentage of 46.9 percent on the night, including an even 50 percent in the first half, as Lees-McRae shot the ball at a 40.7 percent clip in the contest. North Greenville won the battle on the glass by a 38-30 margin, including a 29-21 advantage on the defensive boards.
BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) equaled a career-high with 12 markers to go along with a team-best eight rebounds. Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added 12 points of his own, including a 2-for-3 night from downtown while converting each of his six attempts at the charity stripe. Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) also chipped in nine points.
Chris Dean led all scorers with 22 points for North Greenville, while Paul Harrison recorded a double-double with 16 markers and a game-high 15 rebounds. Harrison also posted a contest-best four blocked shots, as Tim Franklin added a game-high six assists.
North Greenville got off to a flying start in the first half, taking an early 9-3 lead on a Harrison jumper that made the senior the program's all-time leading scorer. The Crusaders would hold the advantage for much of the period until the Bobcats launched a 10-1 run over the final four minutes, taking a 30-27 lead into the intermission following a last-second three-pointer by DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.).
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 18-11 run to stretch the margin to 48-38 on a clutch jumper by Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) at the 9:30 mark. North Greenville would cut the lead to 53-49 with an 11-5 spurt over the next six minutes, and after the Bobcats pushed the margin to 57-49 at the 1:34 mark following a pair of Lamot free throws, pulled back to within one at 60-59 on a clutch lay-in by Jimmy Ellis with 49 ticks left on the clock.
Tillman, Lamot, and Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) would convert four of six free throws down the stretch for the Bobcats, giving Lees-McRae a 63-59 lead with 26 seconds left before a Harrison jumper cut the advantage to 63- 61 with five ticks remaining, which proved to be the final margin.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Coker College in conference play at 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
LMC 63, NORTH GREENVILLE 61
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 30 33 - 63
North Greenville.............. 27 34 - 61
LMC: LAMOT 12, SEPOKAS 5, TILLMAN 12 (8 REBOUNDS), BATTLE 13, HENRY 9, YOUNG 4, BROWN 6, OJI 2. FG: 22-54, 3FG: 5-16, FT: 14-22. 30 REBOUNDS, 10 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
NORTH GREENVILLE: FRANKLIN 4 (6 ASSISTS), BOZYNMOWSKI 2, DEAN 22 (8 REBOUNDS), WRAY 6, HARRISON 16 (15 REBOUNDS), ELLIS 4, PRYOR 1, SHEILDS 6. FG: 23-49, 3FG: 4-22, FT: 11-21. 38 REBOUNDS, 16 TURNOVERS, 16 ASSISTS.
Crusaders Surge Past Bobcats, 67-54
Karly Stache poured in a game-high 20 points, and the North Greenville University women's basketball team forced 25 Lees-McRae College turnovers en route to a 67-54 victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday night.
North Greenville (12-4, 7-1 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 44.4 percent on the evening, while limiting Lees-McRae (5-8, 1-6 CC) to a 40.7 percent clip from the floor. The Crusaders edged the Bobcats by a 37-36 margin on the glass, while converting 25 LMC miscues into 21 points.
Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding five rebounds and three assists while Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) chipped in 13 markers with a 5-for-11 night from the floor. Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) added nine points and a team-high six rebounds as Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) pulled down six boards of her own.
Stache connected on 8-of-13 shots on the night, leading all scorers with 20 points while knocking down 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. Courtney Friddle chipped in 14 markers with a 7-for-11 night from the floor, while Krisceda Cotton and Timisty Nelson each pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Christina Carlis also added a game-high six assists for North Greenville.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 7-3 lead on a Whitaker three-pointer at the 16:14 mark before North Greenville responded, countering with a 19-11 run to take a 22-18 advantage on a Stache triple with 6:49 to play in the half. After Lees-McRae trimmed the margin to 24-22 on a layup by Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany), the Crusaders closed out the half with a 12-3 run to take a 36-25 advantage into the intermission on a last-second steal and basket by Carlis.
North Greenville carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 18-14 spurt to claim a 54-39 advantage on a jumper by Ciara Anderson at the 11:52 mark. The Crusaders would close out the win from there, maintaining the double-digit advantage over the final 10 minutes of play en route to the a 67-54 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Coker College in conference play at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
NORTH GREENVILLE 67, LMC 54
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 25 29 - 54
North Greenville.............. 36 31 - 67
LMC: WHITAKER 13, COLEMAN 4, PATTERSON 15, WATERS 4, WITTE 2, FLOWERS 5, PARKER 2, BELCHER 9 (6 REBOUNDS). FG: 22-54, 3FG: 4-13, FT: 6-12. 36 REBOUNDS, 25 TURNOVERS, 6 ASSISTS.
NORTH GREENVILLE: STACHE 20, HOPE 4, CARLIS 8, COTTON 2 (7 REBOUNDS, 5 ASSISTS), FRIDDLE 14, ANDERSON 4, GRAY 3, NELSON 6 (7 REBOUNDS), WAMER 2, EDWARDS 4. FG: 28-63, 3FG: 4-10, FT: 7-12. 37 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 16 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: B.J. Battle, LMC Athletics