|Bobcats Win Second Straight, Best Bears|
|Written by Whitney Noble|
|Monday, 11 November 2013 09:18|
Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) poured in a game-high 26 points with a perfect night from the floor, as the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team held off Lenoir-Rhyne University in the second half en
route to a 74-64 win and a 2-0 weekend at the Salisbury Roundball Classic.
Lees-McRae (2-0) posted a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent on the night, including a 45 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1) to a mark of 38 percent in the opening 45 minutes. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 36-24 margin, including a 27-17 advantage on the defensive boards, while outscoring the Bears in the paint, 28-22.
Smith led all scorers with 26 points, going 5-for-5 from the floor and 15-of-17 at the charity stripe, while Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added 15 markers and a game-high six boards. Darryl Bond (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, as Smith and Moore each dished out three assists.
R.J. McClure paced the Bears with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting, converting each of his seven attempts at the free throw line, as Rob Noyes added a game-high three blocks. Jarvis Perry chipped in nine points while Matt Kunz pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
The Bobcats got off to a strong start in the first half, taking an early 13-9 lead on a Smith layup before the Bears responded, claiming a narrow 15-13 advantage with 8:59 to go in the period. Lees-McRae countered with a 16-7 run, heading into the intermission with a 29-22 margin following a pair of free throws by Chase Arnold (Kingsport, Tenn.).
Smith and the Bobcats continued to push the tempo in the second half, opening the period with a 12-8 run to widen the gap to 41-30 with less than 14 minutes to go. The Bears battled back, cutting the margin to 43-41 with an 11-2 surge following a jumper by McClure at the 10:39 mark. Lees-McRae quickly regained the momentum over the next four minutes, pushing the advantage to 60-48 with a 17-7 run that included back-to-back treys from Chambers.
The Bobcats would hold on from there, closing out their second victory of the weekend with a pair of late lay-ins by Bond to equal the final margin of 74-64.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Brevard, N.C. to take on Brevard College in non-conference play at 7 p.m.
Bears Hold Off Bobcats
The Lenoir-Rhyne University women's basketball team closed the first half with an 11-0 run, and held off a late surge by Lees-McRae College en route to a 75-63 victory on the second day of the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge in Holt Fieldhouse.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0) shot 43.2 percent from the floor in the contest, including a 54.5 percent clip in the first half, while winning the battle on the glass by a 34-25 margin. The Bobcats posted a field goal percentage of 44.4 percent on the night, converting 11-of-15 free throw attempts and outscoring the Bears, 34-30, in the paint.
Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, pulling down five rebounds, as Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) tallied 16 markers and a game-high six assists. Natalija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) each scored eight points, while Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) added three assists and three steals.
Jazmine Charles led the way for Lenoir-Rhyne with a double-double, posting game-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Morgan Cooper and Jenni Gust added 17 and 11 markers, respectively. Danielle Bongiorno dished out a contest-best six assists.
The Bears jumped out to an 11-8 lead in the first half before the Bobcats countered with an 8-1 spurt, claiming a 16-12 advantage on a triple by Cakarevic with 12:08 left on the clock. Lenoir-Rhyne would battle back, opening a 32-29 margin following a three-point play from Cooper at the 3:35 mark.
After Lees-McRae responded with a 4-0 spurt, the Bears answered with an 11-0 run, taking a 43-33 lead into the intermission on a pair of freebies by Krystal Patton. The Bobcats fought back in the second half, cutting the margin to 46-40 on a jumper by Lewis at the 15:07 mark.
Lenoir-Rhyne answered with an 18-7 surge, pushing the advantage to 64-47 following a Cooper lay-in with under seven minutes to play. The Bobcats refused to give in, fighting back with an 11-0 run to trim the lead to 64-58 on a Collins jumper at the 3:51 mark.
The Bears would stop the bleeding with an 11-5 spurt over the last three and a half minutes, closing out the win with a quartet of freebies by Charles to equal the final margin of 75-63.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Mars Hill University in their home opener at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
Photo Courtesy: Darius Smith, LMC Athletics
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