BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats (2-11, 1-5) men's basketball team picked up their first Conference Carolinas win, 73-64, over the Coker College Cobras (2-5, 5-8) Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium led by two 11 point performances from Josh Kurtz and Jeremy Helms.
Coker took an early lead before the Bobcats would tie the game at seven four minutes into the game, but six minutes later the Cobras again the lead up 18-12. Lees-McRae would fight back and tie the game at 21 with 6:32 remaining in the half and quickly take a 29-21 lead with 3:47 left to play. Coker closed the gap to two, 30-32, with six seconds left, but an Anthony Johnson field goal at the buzzer gave Lees-McRae a 34-30 halftime advantage.
After the half, Coker took a one point lead, 35-34 only to see the Bobcats retake the lead 37-35 with 17:19 left. Two minutes later, with the score tied at 40, Lees-McRae would take the lead for the final time in the game on an Adam McFerran field goal. A Reshon Benjamin field goal gave the Bobcats a 52-42 lead with 10:59 remaining in the half. Coker would close the gap to four, 61-57, with just over four minutes remaining, but the Bobcats would push the lead and close out the game with a 73-64 win.
The Bobcats were 40 percent from the floor and 23 percent from three, while the Cobras were 47 percent from the floor and 29 percent from three.
Kurtz was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line for the Bobcats. Behind Kurtz's and Helms' 11 points, the Bobcats received scoring from nine points from Benjamin, eight points from Jesse Hoots, and seven points from Sean Hardin, Daniel Sepokas and McFerran. Hardin and Stephan Haymer grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Kurtz had six boards. Hoots also handed out six assists.
For Coker, Mason Ambler recorded a double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds. Thomas Wright also added 19 points for the Cobras, and Delonte Doles had four assists.
In the first game, the women's basketball team defeated Coker, 79-63, marking the first time since February 20th against Limestone when the two teams both won their game in same day of a conference doubleheader. The women won 71-68 and the men won 73-57 that day against the Saints.
The Bobcats will play the Saints for their next game on Monday at Limestone with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.