LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - University of Minnesota - Duluth (2-0) defeated the Lees-McRae College Bobcats (0-2) 81-72 at the 2008 Disney's Division II Men's Tip Off Classic basketball tournament Saturday evening at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, Tenn.) followed up a 19-point performance on Friday with a game-high 22 for the Bobcats. Woodacre shot 6-of-13 from the field including 5-of-9 from the free throw line. Kyle Boardman (Clemmons, N.C.) was the only other Bobcat player to score in double figures with 19 points, 7-13 from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line.
Ron White led six Bulldog players in double-digit points with 14 points, 6-7 FG. White recorded a team-high in rebounds, eight, and assists, eight. Brian Sykora had the hot hand in the first half scoring 10 of his 13 points. John Vaudreuil and Steve Klass scored 12 points each and Steve Duncan added 10 points off the bench.
Lees-McRae dominated the first half behind the hot hand of Woodacre's 15 first half points. Besides being down 1-0 at the start of the game, the Bobcats led nearly the entire first half by as many as eight points.
Trailing by seven points, 32-25, with 4:17 left in the half, Minnesota - Duluth recorded seven of the final points to trim the lead to 33-32. The Bulldogs continued the streak with a 22-10 run to start the second half to take an 11-point lead, 54-43, at the 12:12 mark.
Lees-McRae scored six straight points to trim the lead to 54-49, but they couldn't break the five-point barrier the rest of the game.
Lees-McRae looks for their first victory of the season Sunday as they play the University of Montevallo at 5:00 p.m.