Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team dropped its first game on its trip to Florida Friday evening to Davenport University, 107-81. The loss pushes LMC's record to 2-4 on the season.
The opening 20 minutes of Friday's contest were controlled mainly by the Panthers. Davenport connected on a total of nine three-pointers in the half to build up an early lead on the Bobcats. Freshman Andrew Gardner scored 12 and Quay Kimble added eight points to keep Lees-McRae within 14 points at the break, 50-36.
After the two teams returned to the court for the second half, the Bobcats seemed to receive a boost offensively. As a team, Lees-McRae improved its shooting percentage from the field (37.9 to 53.3) and from beyond the arc (50.0 to 54.2) in the second. Unfortunately for Lees-McRae, Davenport came out of the locker room shooting lights out. The Panthers shot 67.6 percent from the floor in the second half to build up a sizable lead on LMC before finishing the game with a 26-point victory.
Individually, the Bobcats saw three players finish Friday's game in double figures. Gardner led the way with 19 points, while fellow freshmen Jonathan Webb (14 points) and Anthony Hicks (10 points) not far behind.
By virtue of their loss Friday, the Bobcats will play in the consolation game of the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout Saturday afternoon. LMC will play the loser of the tonight's game between Embry-Riddle and Puerto-Rico Mayaguez at 4 p.m. Saturday.