BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team led by as many as 12 points in the first half Monday night against Virginia State, but VSU came storming back to knock off the Bobcats by score of 97-72. The loss drops LMC's record to 2-7 on the season.
As mentioned earlier, the Bobcats got out to a fast start against the Trojans. This run was fueled by five three-pointers made by five different LMC players. VSU battled back to tie the game at 32 with 5:14 to go in the half, and then extended that to a nine-point advantage by halftime, 41-32. A major reason why Virginia State was able to catch Lees-McRae was its cold shooting from the field and from the free throw line. LMC did not score over the final 5:29 of the half and shot just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe.
In the second half, Virginia State kept rolling scoring 56 points in the final 20 minutes of play en route to a decisive 97-72 victory over Lees-McRae. Kevin Williams and Richard Granberry both scored in double figures in the half (16 and 10 points). VSU dominated on the glass in the second outrebounding the Bobcats 29-9 in the frame. Overall, the Trojans held outrebounded LMC 53-26 Monday evening.
Lepreece Lynch led Lees-McRae on the scoreboard against the Trojans scoring 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Senior Jonathan Honore also finished in double figures for LMC tallying 12 points. Most of Honore's damage happened at the free throw line where he went an impressive 7-for-8.
The Bobcats will return to the court Saturday when they hit the road to take on Limestone. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.