Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team scored 100-plus points for the second straight game Saturday afternoon on its way to a 103-81 victory over Johnson University at Williams Gymnasium. The victory is the team's fifth straight and it improves Lees-McRae's record to 10-13 on the 2018-19 campaign.
The Bobcats were able to build up a double-digit lead in the first half thanks to their work in the paint and capitalizing on Johnson's mistakes. Lees-McRae outscored the Royals 22-8 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes on top of totaling seven second-chance points. The Bobcats also turned 15 Royal turnovers into 24 points. Those 24 points nearly accounted for half of the team's total in the half as the Bobcats took a 51-43 lead into the break.
Lees-McRae rarely misfired in the final 20 minutes of Saturday's matchup with the Royals. As a team, the Bobcats shot 69 percent from the field (20-of-29) on their way to outscoring the Royals 52-38 in the second half. This strong second half effort led the Bobcats to a convincing 22-point victory over the Royals.
The Bobcats had several players chip in to account for the 103 points. Eight players scored six or more points in the victory with four finishing in double figures. Sophomore Quay Kimble led this group leading the team in not only points (20) but also rebounds (five), assists (six) and steals (four). Not far behind Kimble's 20-point outing was teammate Jerick Haynes who finished with 18 points. Haynes also matched Kimble by dishing out six assists. Rounding out the double-figure scorers for Lees-McRae Saturday were Andrew Gardner and Malik Wright who finished with 12 points each.
As a team, Lees-McRae had many season-best performances Saturday. The 103 points scored were the most for the team this season and the most since scoring 110 points against Barton in the conference tournament last March. The 39 field goals made, 62.9 field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentages (.526) put forth by the Bobcats Saturday were all season highs.
The Bobcats will look to keep this roll going next Wednesday when they visit league rival Limestone with critical postseason positioning at stake. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Saints is set for 7:30 p.m.