BANNER ELK, N.C. - Despite freshman Kyle Boardman's first career double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Lees-McRae Bobcats men's basketball team (0-4) lost a heartbreaker to the Carson-Newman College Eagles (1-1) 99-93 in a non-conference game Tuesday in Williams Gymnasium.
The Bobcats had a 24-18 lead just under the 12 minute mark in the first half, but the Eagles went on a 9-3 run to tie the game at 27 with just under ten minutes to play in the half. With the game tied at 27, the Bobcats went on a 10-0 run to give them the largest lead of the game. The squad carried a 49-46 lead into the lockerrooms at halftime.
The Bobcats shot 47 percent from the field in the first half compared to the Eagles 41 percent. The Bobcats also outshot the Eagles from behind the three-point line making 7-15, 46 percent, while the Eagles shot a dismal 3-15, 20 percent, from behind the arc.
But, in the second half the Eagles took their first lead since the 14-minute mark in the first half with a 53-51 lead with just under 18 minutes left in the game. The two teams traded the lead 14 times and had seven ties before the final tie at 93 with one minute remaining. The Eagles forced two Bobcat turnovers and had six points in the final minute to earn the win.
"We had a lot of guys make really good plays tonight. We're excited about the how this team is coming together, but we need to work on making plays to seal the victory," head coach Scott Polsgrove said.
The Bobcats shot 46 percent in the second half from the floor
and 33 percent from behind the arc, while the Eagles shot 56
percent from the floor and 75 percent from behind the arc down the
Boardman's (Clemmons, N.C.) 21 points and 10 rebounds was a game high to lead the Bobcats. Sam Youse (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a career-high day with 19 points and three steals. Nick DeSchepper (Fishers, Ind.), and Aaron Willey (Kingsport, Tenn.) also scored in double figures with 17 and 13 points respectively.
The Eagles had six double figure scorers on the night. Tray Okoth led the way with 18 points. Kevin Hare and Jordan Dixon had 13 points apiece, and Jesse McMurray and Joey Cameron finished with 12 points each. Darron Maxtion had 10 points for the Eagles.
The Bobcats will look to bounce back from the loss when they take on Brevard College Thursday, November 20th at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium in another non-conference game.
Pictured: Freshman Kyle Boardman (top), Kyle Boardman (bottom left), Sam Youse (bottom right)