BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to upend Barton College in overtime by a score of 112-106 Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The victory improves LMC's record 11-3 overall and 4-2 in league action.
Barton began Saturday's contest playing well shooting 52.9 percent from the field. Thanks to the efficient offense, the Bulldogs built up a 12-point lead on the Bobcats with 5:47 to go in the first half. The Bobcats, however, quickly rallied to erase the Bulldog advantage to tie the score at 49 with seconds remaining. Barton knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a slim 52-49 lead into the halftime break.
The second half was just as competitive as the first with little or no separation between the two teams. Barton relied heavily on the duo of Jeff Gordon and Michael Boykin to generate offense as the two combined for 25 of Barton's 45 points in the half. The Bobcats, meanwhile, received scoring from eight different players to power their offensive attack. The two teams were so close that they were forced to play an extra period to decide a winner with the score tied at 97.
In the extra frame the Bobcats turned to their ability to hit free throws to seal the victory. LMC made just two field goals in the final five minutes but connected on nine free throws to finish off the Bulldogs with a 112-106 win in overtime.
The Bobcats had plenty of offensive contributors in the 112-point outburst. The duo of Andrew Gardner and Jason Saintizaire led the charge with 22 points a piece. Quay Kimble added 19 and Jerick Haynes totaled 17 points to go along with 11 and 10-point efforts from Anthony Hicks and Sidney Dollar, respectively.
Lees-McRae will be back in action on Saturday when it visits league rival University of Mount Olive in another key conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.