BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lees-McRae's Daniel Sepokas had a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers as the Bobcats fell to the Anderson University Trojans, 85-53, Monday night in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game at Williams Gymnasium.
Sepokas led the Bobcats with his 25 points on by going 10-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. He also led the team with five rebounds and four assists without turning the ball over. Sean Hardin was the only other Bobcat in double-digits with ten points.
For Anderson, Taylor Shugart paved the way with 19 points going 9-of-10 from the floor and hitting one of his four free throw attempts. Shugart and Trey Britton grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Oskars Ernsteins and Nick Trull scored 14 points apiece. Both players were 5-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 from three. Brandon Young had a game-high seven assists with zero turnovers, and Kevis Cornwell had five steals.
Anderson took an early 7-1 lead less than five minutes into the game and extended it to 12-3 at the 12 minute mark, but Lees-McRae would rally with a 7-2 run to cut the Trojan lead to 14-10 with just under ten minutes remaining in the could. From there, Anderson used a 13-2 run to take a 27-12 lead with just over five minutes to play in the half. Anderson would use an Ernsteins three push the lead to 22 points, 41-19, at the half.
Six minutes into the second half the Trojans had a 26-point lead, 55-27, and seven minutes later had their largest lead of the game, 36 points, to hold a 75-39 lead. The Trojans would finish the game up 85-53 for the win.
Lees-McRae will travel to Erskine College for their next game on January 7th.