Ashe County 73, West Wilkes 52

Bobcats fall to Emmanuel, 91-82

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team fell to Emmanuel College in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium by a score of 91-82. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 5-13 overall and 2-7 within the conference.

Emmanuel went down low early and often in the opening 20 minutes of Saturday's contest. 32 of EC's 50 points in the first half were scored in the paint, including 16 on second chance opportunities. With the Lions' inside game clicking so well, the Bobcats faced a 22-point deficit heading to the halftime break.

Coming out of the locker room from halftime, the Bobcats were able to make some adjustments to try and catch Emmanuel. Thanks to going 12-for-15 from the free throw line and knocking down eight three-pointers, the Bobcats were able to trim Emmanuel's lead down to single digits. However, the team ran out of time as the Lions held on for the 91-82 victory.

The Bobcats were led by a trio of freshmen Saturday. Andrew Gardner led Lees-McRae on the scoreboard with 21 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Anthony Hicks netted 20 points of his own, which was a new career-high for the Winston-Salem native. Rounding out the double-figure scorers for the Bobcats Saturday was Jonathan Webb with 10 points.

Lees-McRae will be back in action Wednesday when it hosts rival King University at Williams Gymnasium. Wednesday's contest is set for the team's 'Gold Out' where t-shirts will be given out during the game. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Tornado is set for 7:30 p.m.

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No. 1 Duke Stuns Seminoles on Late Reddish 3-Pointer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cam Reddish hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State, 80-78 on Saturday.

Reddish caught the ball on the wing off the inbounds pass and made a wide open 3-pointer to ensure that Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game. He finished with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting.

Duke played the second half without star freshman Zion Williamson, who left the game after getting poked in the eye late in the first half. He didn't return and had 11 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.

P.J. Savoy made a pair of free throws with 15.8 seconds left, just seconds after forcing a turnover, to put Florida State ahead 78-76 RJ Barrett, who finished with 32 points on 10 of 19 shooting, then hit the first of two free throws with 5 seconds left. He missed the second, but the Blue Devils retained possession after a review overruled a call on the floor that the ball had gone out of bounds of a Duke player setting up Reddish's shot.

Wiilliamson got hurt when he drove to the basket. Florida State's Trent Forrest hit the freshman in the face and Williamson landed hard on the court. He stayed down for several moments covering his face. He saw a trainer and went to the locker room just before the half ended. Williamson sat on the bench for the second half, but didn't play.

Mfiondu Kabengele came off the bench to record his third career double-double, recording tying a career-high with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Florida State (13-3, 1-2). Phil Cofer made five 3-pointers and had a season-high 21 points.

Florida State last hosted a No. 1 team exactly eight years ago, knocking off Duke 66-61 on Jan. 12, 2011. This time the Seminoles fell just short.


LMC Track and Field competes at ETSU Invitational over the weekend

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - The Lees-McRae College men's and women's track and field teams competed for the first time in 2019 this weekend (Jan. 11-12) at the ETSU Invitational.

The teams competed in the weight throw and several other field events on Friday (Jan. 11).

Men on Day One - Blake Radder was the top finisher in the weight throw with a 22nd place finish with a throw of 10.27 meters. Alex Heck also finished 24th with a throw of 8.59 meters.

Women on Day One - Mya Roberts was the top Bobcat finisher in the weight throw with a 15th place finish and a throw of 12.04 meters, while Bayle Wood finished 22nd with a throw of 11.26 meters.

The teams competed in the pole vault, long jump, high jump, shot put and one-mile run on Saturday (Jan. 12).

Men on Day Two - Logan Welton placed 30th in the long jump with a distance of 5.02 meters. Jason Saintizaire also debuted his season with a fourth-place finish in the high jump at 1.95 meters. Radder notched a 22nd-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 10.38 meters, while Heck finished 26th with a throw of 9.44 meters. Tristin Bertie finished 18th in the mile run at 4:48.82, while Joshua Hall finished 21st in 4:54.11. Brett Page was the final Bobcat to finish in the mile run in 30th place with a time of 5:30.66.

Women on Day Two - Natalie Donahue was the top finisher for Lees-McRae in the pole vault, finishing fifth with a mark of 3.00 meters. Jordyn Halverson was the top finisher for the Bobcats in the one-mile run, posting a 27th-place finish in 6:30.46. Sarah Bowman (7:16.95), Maegan Prettyman (7:29.39) and Kaela Kelly (7:29.71) finished 29th-31st in the mile run.

Up Next - The teams are back in action on Jan. 19 when they travel to Winston-Salem for the Wake Forest University Invitational.

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