CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats fell to the Queens University Royals, 77-58, Thursday night in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game.
The half started with the two teams trading the lead over the first five minutes until a three pointer by Devon Seaford gave the Royals a 9-7 lead. Queens pushed their lead to five, 12-7, with 13:58 to play in the half, but the Bobcats would battle back and tie the game at 19 with just under ten minutes left on a Daniel Sepokas field goal. After a defensive, a Jeremiah Henry field goal and a Sepokas three gave the Bobcats a five-point lead, 24-19. However, the Royals would regain the lead on a Daniel Bailey field goal with 4:41 to play. Neither team could pull away until Queens went on a 10-0 over the final 2:23 in the first half to take a 39-29 lead into the locker rooms.
After the break, Queens didn't allow Lees-McRae back into the game and even extended their lead to 16 points, 50-34, on a Brandon Nichols three with 16:18 remaining. Lees-McRae closed the gap to 13 points, 59-46, at the nine-minute mark, but Queens pulled out of reach three minutes later with a 66-49 lead. The Royals ended the game up 19 pionts, 77-58, to earn the win.
Sam Youse paced the Bobcats with 15 points and was followed by Daniel Sepokas, who had ten points. Henry grabbed a team-high five rebounds, and Anthony Johnson had a game-high four steals.
Baily, who was 10-of-15 from the floor, led all scorers with 24 points and 15 rebounds to her a double-double. Antonio Stable added 10 points and had three blocked shots.
Queens was hot from the floor by shooting 53 percent, 46 percent from three and 68 percent from the free throw line. Lees-McRae was only 33 percent from the floor and from three while only hitting 40 percent of their free throws.
Queens outrebounded Lees-McRae 47-26.
The Bobcats will host Mount Olive Saturday for their next game in Williams Gymnasium to 2 p.m.
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