Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – In its first home game of 2019, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team dropped an 83-75 decision to Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 5-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The opening 20 minutes of Saturday's game was full of turnovers. Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae combined to turn the ball over 15 times in the first half. Nine of those came from the Bobcats, which led to 17 points for the Crusaders. Sophomore Quay Kimble provided a spark for Lees-McRae off the bench scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field to keep his team within striking distance (41-34) going into the locker room for halftime.
Belmont Abbey turned to the duo of Romeao Ferguson and DeQuan Abrom to keep the Bobcats out of striking distance in the second half. The tandem of Ferguson and Abrom combined to score 34 of the team's 42 points to help their squad to a 83-74 victory over Lees-McRae. With the win, Belmont Abbey remains unbeaten in Conference Carolinas play improving to 6-0 within the league and 12-3 overall.
Kimble ended up leading Lees-McRae in scoring Saturday totaling 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Jerick Haynes also reached double figures adding 12 points, while grabbing six rebounds. Senior Malik Wright nearly picked up a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds. Five of Wright's rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Lees-McRae will be back in action Tuesday when it travels to Erskine for another Conference Carolinas matchup. Tip-off for that contest is set for 7:30 p.m.