Junior Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) knocked down a pair of clutch three-pointers late in regulation to propel the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team into overtime against Barton College on Saturday evening, as the Bulldogs went on to escape with a 74-71 Conference Carolinas win in the extra period. Barton (13-5, 5-3 CC) shot 38.4 percent from the floor for the
night, including a 48.5 percent clip in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (5-12, 5-4 CC) to a field goal percentage of 34.5 percent in the contest. The Bulldogs won the battle on the glass by a 53-42 margin, including a 25-15 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 25 Bobcat turnovers into 23 points.
Freshman BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including a 4-for-8 night from beyond the arc, as Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added 11 markers and a contest-best seven assists. Sepokas chipped in 13 points of his own, as DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) posted nine markers and a team-high seven rebounds.
Jaren Haley led the way for Barton with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, as Gerald Boston chipped in 13 markers and game-highs of eight rebounds and four steals. Keith Manley added 11 points to go along with contest-bests of eight rebounds and seven blocks, while Evan Shelton poured in 12 markers on 3-of-3 shooting, including a 6-for-6 night from the charity stripe.
Barton jumped out to an early 12-5 lead in the first half, stretching the margin to 31-20 with a 19-15 run that was capped by a Haley lay-in at the 4:08 mark. The Bobcats cut the advantage to 33-25 on a Battle three-pointer with 2:32 to go in the half, as Barton took a 36-27 lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats stormed out of the gate in the second half, trimming the margin to 37-35 with an 8-1 run over the first three and half minutes of the period, capping the spurt with a freebie by DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) following a triple by Battle. Lees-McRae would stay within striking distance for much of the half, not allowing the Bulldogs to open more than a five-point lead until Boston drain a clutch layup with 46 seconds to play, pushing the margin to 65-58.
Sepokas and the Bobcats responded in tremendous fashion, as Lamot and Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) each converted a pair of clutch free throws before Sepokas hit the shot of the game with less than 10 seconds left, pulling up from 25 feet out and burying a contested three-pointer to even the score at 65-65 and send the Bobcats into overtime.
The Bobcats took the early lead in overtime, as Tillman knocked down a mid-range jumper at the 3:56 mark before Barton responded with a 6-0 run, claiming a 71-67 advantage on a freebie by Haley with 43 ticks left on the clock. Sepokas then came through in the clutch once again, knocking down another contested three-pointer with 29 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-70.
Barton's free throw shooters proved to be the difference in the game's final moments, as Boston and Joseph Veles each converted from the charity stripe to hold off the Bobcats and earn the 74-71 overtime win for the Bulldogs.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday, February 1 when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College in conference play at 7:30 p.m.
BARTON 74, LMC 71
Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT Total
Lees-McRae............................ 27 38 6 - 71
Barton................................. 36 29 9 - 74
LMC: TILLMAN 7, BATTLE 17 (6 REBOUNDS), HENRY 2, LAMOT 11, SEPOKAS 13, LOPEZ 7, BROWN 9 (7 REBOUNDS), OJI 2, SAINT MARC 3. FG: 20-58, 3FG: 9-22, FT: 22-28. 42 REBOUNDS, 25 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
BARTON: MANLEY 11 (8 REBOUNDS), VELEZ 4, BROWN 1, BOSTON 14 (8 REBOUNDS), HALEY 16, SUGGS 7, FAIRCLOTH 6, HART 1, SHELTON 12 (6 REBOUNDS), COATS 2. FG: 28-73, 3FG: 2-15, FT: 16-34. 53 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
Bulldogs hold on for 67-66 win over Bobcats
The Barton College women's basketball team escaped with a narrow 67-66 win over visiting Lees-McRae College on Saturday evening in Conference Carolinas play, claiming the victory on a late jumper by Jannetta Robinson in Wilson Gym.
Lees-McRae (6-10, 2-8 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 41.8 percent on the night, including a 44 percent clip in the first half, while holding Barton (12-6, 7-2 CC) to a 34.4 percent mark from the floor. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 44-36 margin, including a 30-19 advantage on the defensive boards, as Barton converted 22 Lees-McRae miscues into 23 points.
Freshman Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) poured in a career-high 18 points to pace the Bobcats, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts from the floor and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) continued her strong play with 17 points and seven rebounds, knocking down 5-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc.
DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) chipped in nine markers and a game-high five assists. Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) also posted eight rebounds on the night.
Barton's Nyesha Willie led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including a 4-for-8 night from beyond the arc, as Janae Jackson and Robinson added 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Willie recorded a game-high eight steals for the Bulldogs, while Jackson and Shante Neal each recorded a team-best seven rebounds.
The Bobcats got off to a hot start in the first half, taking an early 12-4 lead on a pair of Belcher freebies before Barton answered with a 15-4 run, claiming a 19-16 advantage on a layup by Elaine Morgan at the 7:22 mark. Barton extended the margin to 23-18 on a Robinson free throw before the Bobcats closed out the half with an 8-2 run, taking a 26-25 lead into the intermission on a last-second layup by Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.).
Lees-McRae carried the momentum into the second half, taking a 43-39 lead on a Whitaker triple at the 11:42 mark before Barton responded with a 14-2 run, claiming a 53-45 advantage following a Morgan layup with 8:57 to play. The Bobcats countered with a 15-8 spurt of their own, cutting the lead to 61-60 on a pair of free throws by Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) with 3:14 to play.
The teams would exchange one-point leads over the next three possessions, with the Bulldogs snatching a 65-64 advantage on a pair of freebies by Faith Hunter at the 1:34 mark before Patterson fed Belcher for a textbook lay-in with 1:25 to play. Robinson responded for the Bulldogs with 23 seconds left, knocking down a tough jumper at the elbow to put Barton back on top, 67-66. The Bulldog defense shut the door on the corresponding possession, denying a shot attempt for the Bobcats before time expired.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday, February 1 when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College in conference play at 5:30 p.m.
BARTON 67, LMC 66
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae............................. 26 40 - 66
Barton..................................... 25 42 - 67
LMC: PARKER 6, BELCHER 18 (6 REBOUNDS), WHITAKER 17 (7 REBOUNDS), COLEMAN 2, PATTERSON 9 (5 ASSISTS), FLOWERS 4, WATERS 10 (8 REBOUNDS). FG: 23-55, 3FG: 5-14, FT: 15-20. 44 REBOUNDS, 22 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
BARTON: NEAL 5 (7 REBOUNDS), JACKSON 11 (7 REBOUNDS), WILLIE 20, HUNTER 6, ROBINSON 10, JEFFERIES 2, MITCHELL 4, THOMAS 2, MORGAN 7. FG: 22-64, 3FG: 6-18, FT: 17-25. 36 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Sepokas, LMU Athletics