Sophomore DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) poured in a game- and career-high 15 points to lead the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team to a 72-68 overtime win over Coker College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium. Lees-McRae (5-11, 5-3 CC) shot 49.1 percent on the night, including a 53.8 percent clip in the second half,
while holding Coker (7-9, 1-6 CC) to a field goal percentage of 35.5 percent. Coker won the battle on the glass by a 41-34 margin, including an 18-10 advantage on the offensive boards, as Lees-McRae converted 14 Cobra turnovers into 20 points.
Tillman knocked down 6-of-9 attempts from the floor to pace the Bobcats with a game-high 15 points, while Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) added a double-double with 14 markers and a contest-best 11 rebounds. Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) and BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Sepokas and Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) each dished out a game-high five assists.
Bryce Arnott led the way for Coker with 14 points, while Julian Nelson and Charles West added 13 and 10 markers, respectively. Nelson chipped in a game-high five assists, while Sharod Williams posted seven points and a contest-best 11 rebounds.
The Bobcats jumped out an early 11-0 lead in the first half following an electrifying alley-oop dunk by Battle off a perfect lob pass from Lamot at the 15:34 mark. After Coker cut the lead to 11-5 on a three-pointer and subsequent layup by Arnott, the Bobcats answered with a 6-2 spurt to claim a 17-7 advantage on a triple by DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) with 13:24 left in the half.
Coker countered with a 9-5 run, cutting the margin to 22-16 on a lay-in by Williams at the 7:24 mark. Lees-McRae would push the lead back to 31-21 with a 9-5 spurt of its own before the Cobras answered, evening the tally with a 10-0 surge over the final four and a half minutes of the half, which was capped by a triple from Charles West at the 1:57 mark.
The teams would exchange baskets over the first seven minutes of the second half, with the Bobcats snatching a 42-41 lead on a three-pointer by Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) at the 12:55 mark. Coker would answer with a 13-5 run over the next six and a half minutes, taking a 54-47 lead on a Nelson jumper with 6:18 to play.
Coker stretched the lead to 60-50 on a layup by Austin Harper at the 3:47 mark before the Bobcats responded, closing out the half with a 14-4 run to send the game into overtime thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Brown.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into overtime, claiming a 70-65 advantage on a clutch jumper by Gideon Oji (Imane in Kogi, Nigeria) and a pair of free throws by Will Lopez (Sydney, Australia) with 1:26 to play in the extra period. Coker then cut the lead to 70-68 with 48 seconds left, trimming the margin to two on a three-pointer by Jonathan Gardner before a pair of last-second freebies by Tillman sealed the 72-68 win for the Bobcats. Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Barber-Scotia College at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
LMC 72, COKER 68 (OT)
Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT Total
Coker......................... 31 33 4 - 68
Lees-McRae.................... 31 33 8 - 72
COKER: WILLIAMS 7, HARPER 7, ARNOTT 14 (6 REBOUNDS), WEST 10, GARDNER 9, NELSON 13, MOSES 4, MENS 4. FG: 22-62, 3FG: 7-19, FT: 17-24. 41 REBOUNDSM 14 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
LMC: TILLMAN 15 (8 REBOUNDS), BATTLE 10, HENRY 14 (11 REBOUNDS), LAMOT 2, SEPOKAS 12 (5 ASSISTS), LOPEZ 3 (5 ASSISTS), YOUNG 3, BROWN 7, OJI 4, URBINA 2. FG: 26-53, 3FG: 6-16, FT: 14-25. 34 REBOUNDS, 16 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.
Cobras Surge Past Bobcats, 86-68
Jessica Cohen posted a double-double with game-highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Coker College women's basketball team to an 86-68 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.
Coker (3-13, 3-4 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 52.6 percent on the night, including a 53.6 percent clip in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (5-9, 1-7 CC) to a mark of 39.7 percent in the contest. The Cobras won the battle on the glass by a 44-28 margin, including a 31-19 advantage on the defensive boards.
Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, dishing out a game-high four assists while adding three steals. DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) chipped in 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) poured in 10 markers. Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) and Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) each added three steals.
Cohen connected on 9-of-11 attempts from the field and went 9-for-10 at the line to record a game-high 27 points, while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks. Amber Lau chipped in 22 points and four assists, while Kelley Godbout poured in 19 markers on 7-of-10 shooting.
Coker led wire-to-wire, opening a 14-7 lead in the first half on a Godbout layup before the Bobcats responded with a 24-18 run to trim the margin to 32-31 on a Whitaker jumper with 2:17 to play in the period. The Cobras closed out the half with an 8-5 spurt, taking a 40-36 lead into the intermission following a three-point play from Patterson.
The Cobras responded in the second half, opening the period with a 21-7 run to take a 61-43 lead on a layup by Jasmine Evans at the 14:04 mark. Coker would hold the double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest, closing out the game with a 10-2 run over the last three and a half minutes to equal the final margin of 86-68.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Converse College in conference play at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
COKER 86, LMC 68
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Coker......................... 40 46 - 86
Lees-McRae.................... 36 32 - 68
COKER: GODBOUT 19, COHEN 27 (11 REBOUNDS), ALSTON 7, YOHN 3 (4 ASSISTS), LAU 22 (4 ASSISTS), EVANS 4, FENTY 4. FG: 30-57, 3FG: 4-19, FT: 22-29. 44 REBOUNDS, 19 TURNOVERS, 18 ASSISTS.
LMC: WHITAKER 10, PARKER 2, BELCHER 4, COLEMAN 5, PATTERSON 16 (4 ASSISTS, 3 STEALS), FLOWERS 5, SMITH 5, WATERS 13 (7 REBOUNDS), WITTE 8. FG: 25-63, 3FG: 3-14, FT: 15-19. 28 REBOUNDS, 18 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
Lions Claw Past Bobcats In Five-Set Thriller
The Lindenwood University men's volleyball team held off an impassioned rally by Lees-McRae College on Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium, holding on for a five-set victory after taking the first two frames.
Lindenwood (2-0) posted a .143 hitting percentage on the night, registering 10 blocks and 47 digs as Lees-McRae (1-2) hit at a .194 clip in the contest to go along with 15 blocks and 45 digs.
Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) paced the Bobcats with 16 kills and a .306 hitting percentage, while John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 12 kills, nine digs, and six blocks. Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) chipped in eight kills, a match-high nine blocks, and a .368 hitting percentage, while Chris Flood (Louisville, Ky.) added 10 digs and eight smashes. Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) also posted 11 digs on the night.
Jack Mitchell recorded a match-high 19 kills to go along with six stuffs to lead the way for Lindenwood. Scott Siwicki and Logan Jarus added eight and seven kills, respectively, as Corey Buehler chipped in a match-high 13 digs.
The match proved to be a tightly-contested affair throughout, with neither team holding more than a four-point advantage in the first set. After Lees-McRae evened the tally at 18-18 on a kill by Flood, the Lions answered with a 5-1 spurt to open a 23-19 advantage on a Mitchell smash. The Bobcats responded with a 4-1 run, cutting the margin to 24-23 before Siwicki and Tim Schmidt sealed the first-set win with an emphatic block.
Lindenwood carried the momentum into the second set, taking a 15-7 lead on a block by Mitchell and Siwicki. The Bobcats answered with a 4-0 spurt, closing the gap to 15-11 on a stuff by Jones and Lucas before the Lions stretched the lead to 24-19 on a smash from Mitchell. Lindenwood would then close out the set on a Bobcat service error following back-to-back kills from Ribas.
The Bobcats responded in the third set, taking an early 12-9 advantage following an emphatic kill by Jones. Lindenwood would answer with an 8-4 run, claiming a 17-16 lead on a Jargus kill before the Bobcats countered with a 5-1 spurt of their own, taking a 21-18 advantage on a block by Jones and Lucas before closing out the 25-20 win on a Lion miscue.
The teams would engage in a titanic battle in the fourth set, as Lees-McRae claimed an early 14-11 lead following a pair of Lion miscues to cap a 5-1 spurt. Lindenwood answered with a 12-7 run, taking a 23-21 advantage on a solo black by Michael Adams. The Bobcats would respond with a 7-3 spurt of their own, claiming the set and forcing a decisive fifth frame following a kill from Ribas.
Lindenwood would answer once again in the fifth, opening the frame with a 9-6 run which was capped by a block from Mitchell and Jargus. The Bobcats countered with a 5-2 spurt, evening the tally at 11-11 following a solo stuff by Ribas. Lindenwood then capitalized on a trio of Bobcat miscues down the stretch, closing out the set and the match with a 4-0 spurt to equal the final margin of 15-11.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday, January 28 when the Bobcats travel to Newark, N.J. to take on New Jersey Institute of Technology at 7 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: DeAndre Tillman, LMC Athletics