BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) scored nine of his game-high 18 points, and the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team put together a 16-0 run in overtime en route to a 76-61 victory over North Greenville University in
Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night in Williams Gymnasium. With the win, Lees-McRae (9-16, 8-8 CC) clinches its best-ever league record as a Conference Carolinas member, including a stellar 6-2 mark at home against conference opponents. Lees-McRae has enjoyed its most successful season under the guidance of head coach Scott Polsgrove, posting nine wins thus far while clinching the third seed in the league's West Division.
The Bobcats posted a field goal percentage of 45.2 percent on the night, including an 85.7 percent clip in overtime, while holding North Greenville (12-13, 5-11 CC) to a mark of 37.5 percent from the floor. North Greenville won the battle on the glass by a 43-37 margin, including a 14-6 advantage on the offensive boards, as Lees-McRae converted 17 Crusader turnovers into 23 points.
Battle knocked down 6-of-13 shots from the floor on the night, pouring in a game-high 18 points as Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) added a double-double with 10 markers and 12 rebounds. Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) chipped in 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, as Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added game-highs of six assists and five steals. DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) also posted 10 points and two blocked shots on the night to move within one block of a tie for fourth in program-history.
Paul Harrison led the way for North Greenville with a double-double, pouring in 17 points to go along with game-highs of 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. Zack Shields added a game-high 18 points, as Jason Wray chipped in 11 markers and a contest-best six assists.
The Bobcats opened the game with a 12-7 run, capping the spurt on a pair of Tillman freebies at the 15:37 mark. After North Greenville evened the tally at 14-14 on a Shields triple with 13:15 to go in the period, Lees-McRae responded with a 10-4 run to take a 24-18 advantage on a three-pointer by DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.) at the 9:30 mark.
North Greenville would answer with a 16-4 run, surging to a 34-28 halftime lead on a Harrison layup and a freebie by Wesley Armburst with less than two minutes to go in the period. The Bobcats responded in the second half, opening the period with a 13-7 run to knot the score at 41-41 on a jumper by Henry with 14:51 to play.
The Crusaders would hold a narrow advantage for much of the next 10 minutes until Sepokas answered the call for Lees-McRae, knocking down a clutch jumper with less than five minutes left on the clock to give the Bobcats a narrow 54-53 lead.
The teams traded baskets in each of the next three possessions, as Sepokas converted a pair of free throws with at the 2:50 mark to give the Bobcats a narrow 58-57 advantage before a Harrison freebie sent the contest into overtime.
Lees-McRae stormed out of the gate in the extra period, taking a 67-61 lead on a three-point play by Battle before Tillman added an exclamation point to the evening with an emphatic fast-break throw-down with 2:15 left on the clock to give the Bobcats a 69-61 advantage.
Following a nifty lay-in by Sepokas at the 1:04 mark, the Bobcats closed out the win by knocking down 5-of-6 free throws in the last 42 seconds to equal the final margin of 76-61, and wrap up their regular season heading into next week's conference tournament.
Lees-McRae now awaits the announcement of the final pairings for next week's Conference Carolinas Tournament to learn when and where its season will continue.
LMC 76, NORTH GREENVILLE 61 (OT)
Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT Total
North Greenville.............. 34 24 3 - 61
Lees-McRae.................... 28 30 18 - 76
NG: HARRISON 17 (16 REBOUNDS), FRANKLIN 4, SHEILDS 18, DEAN 2, WRAY 11, BOZYMOWSKI 2, ARMBURST 7. FG: 24-64, 3FG: 4-19, FT: 9-20. 43 REBOUNDS, 17 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
LMC: TILLMAN 10, BATTLE 18, HENRY 10 (12 REBOUNDS), LAMOT 7 (6 ASSISTS), SEPOKAS 17, YOUNG 2, BROWN 9, OJI 3. FG: 28-62, 3FG: 5-14, FT: 15-18. 37 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 16 ASSISTS.
Crusaders hold off Bobcats, 64-52
The North Greenville University women's basketball team held Lees-McRae College to a field goal percentage of 30 percent, and Krisceda Cotton recorded a double-double with game-highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds en route to a 64-52 win in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night in Williams Gymnasium.
North Greenville (19-7, 14-4 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 41.1 percent on the night, including a 41.7 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (8-15, 4-13 CC) to a mark of 30 percent from the floor. The Crusaders won the battle on the glass by a 48-36 margin, including a 32-19 advantage on the defensive boards.
Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) led the way for the Bobcats with 14 points, six rebounds, and a game-high five steals, as DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) nearly recorded a double-double with 12 markers and a team-best nine boards. Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) added 10 points, while senior Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in seven rebounds and six points.
Cotton led all scorers with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including a 7-for-8 evening at the charity stripe, while recording a double-double with 12 rebounds. Christina Carlis and Karly Stache added 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Alisha Hope chipped in 10 markers. Courtney Friddle nearly posted a double-double with eight points and seven rebounds.
North Greenville led wire-to-wire, opening a 28-10 lead with 4:21 to play in the first half when Friddle banked in a layup to cap a 14-0 run. The Crusaders continued to push the tempo over the final four minutes of the period, stretching the margin to 35-14 heading into the intermission following a last-second jumper by Hope.
Hope and the Crusaders carried the momentum into the second half, pushing the lead to 41-17 on a jumper by Hope before the Bobcats responded with a 14-2 run, cutting the margin to 43-31 on a steal and a bucket by Patterson with 10:34 to play.
The final 10 minutes proved to be a back-and-forth struggle, with the Bobcats cutting a 21-point Crusader lead to 13 on a pair of free throws by Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) at the 4:22 mark. North Greenville would push the margin to 59-42 on a Cotton lay-in before the Bobcats closed out the contest with a 10-5 spurt.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday when the Bobcats travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to close out the regular season against Converse College at 5:30 p.m.
NORTH GREENVILLE 64, LMC 52
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
North Greenville.............. 35 29 - 64
Lees-McRae.................... 14 38 - 52
NG: COTTEN 17 (12 REBOUNDS), FRIDDLE 8 (7 REBOUNDS), STACHE 13, HOPE 10, CARLIS 14, ANDERSON 2. FG: 23-56, 3FG: 4-10, FT: 14-18. 48 REBOUNDS, 21 TURNOVERS, 10 ASSISTS.
LMC: WHITAKER 10, PARKER 6 (7 REBOUNDS), COLEMAN 6, PATTERSON 14 (6 REBOUNDS, 5 STEALS), SMITH 4, WATERS 12 (9 REBOUNDS). FG: 21-70, 3FG: 1-11, FT: 9-12. 36 REBOUNDS, 12 TURNOVERS, 9 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: B.J. Battle, LMC Athletics