February 29, 2008

Bobcats Take Down Fleet in OT

DUE WEST, SC--The Lees-McRae Bobcats basketball team concluded their regular season with a 78-75 overtime road win over Erskine College in Conference Carolinas action Friday night. The Bobcats finish the year with a 6-21 (5-15 Conference Carolinas) record while the Fleet also wrap up their year at 6-21 (2-18).

In a game featuring six ties and twelve lead changes, Friday night's game was a nail biter from the tip-off. With control of the game up for grabs, each team struggled for lead. Lees-McRae was able to take a slight 30-28 advantage into the halftime break. During the second half, neither team could pull away. The Fleet were able to only build a four point lead (42-38) during the second 20 minutes before Lees-McRae went on a 20-7 run to take a 58-49 advantage. But Erskine responded with a 14-5 run of their own, tying the score up and sending the game into overtime. The Bobcats would outscore the Fleet 15-12 in the extra frame to earn the win.

Nick DeSchepper (Fishers, IN) and Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, TN) led the Bobcats attack with a team high 18 points each while Raysean Hairston (Elizabethtown, NC) also reached double figures contributing 16 points.

Erskine sophomore Brandon Wright led the Fleet with a game-high 26 points and team-high 7 rebounds. Senior guard TJ Taylor ended his collegiate career with an impressive performance of 13 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Also for the Fleet, sophomore Jay Boulware had 13 points and James Fraley had 10.

PICTURED TOP: Aaron Woodacre

PICTURED BOTTOM: Nick DeSchepper