BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team saw its unbeaten record at home come to an end Saturday as Chowan University knocked off the Bobcats by a score of 87-75 at Williams Gymnasium. The loss moves LMC's record to 12-5 overall and 5-4 within conference play.
Lees-McRae started Saturday's contest struggling to find its shooting stroke. LMC did not score a point until Kamil Williams connected on a three-pointer with 14:01 to go in the first half. The offensive numbers did pick up some for the Bobcats through the rest of the half, but Chowan did build a 22 point lead at one juncture. The Bobcats did close the gap some in the final minutes but still faced their biggest halftime deficit of the season, 49-32.
LMC came back from the break and played much better. The duo of Quay Kimble and Anthony Hicks combined to net 26 points to spark Lees-McRae in its comeback attempt. The Bobcats were able to cut Chowan's lead down to eight points at one time but that's as close as they came as Chowan held on for the 87-75 victory.
Individually, the Bobcats had three players finish the night in double figures. Kimble led the way with 18 points, while Hicks and Williams added 16 and 13, respectively. With his last made three-pointer of the contest, Kimble scored his 1,000th point in a Bobcat uniform. Kimble is just the ninth player in program history to reach this milestone and the first since Lepreece Lynch got there two seasons ago.
The Bobcats will return to action on Wednesday when they host rival Limestone College at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off for that contest is set for 7:30 p.m.