BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team picked up its second straight victory as it defeated Erskine College by a score of 93-84 Thursday night at Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats improve to 14-5 overall and 7-4 in conference action with the win.
Lees-McRae opened Thursday's contest fairly evenly matched with Erskine. The Bobcats, however, used getting to free throw line and crashing the glass to their advantage. Lees-McRae knocked down 11-of-12 free throws in the first half and out-rebounded the Flying Fleet 23 to 12. With those two factors working for LMC, it took a 46-39 lead into the halftime break.
When the two teams returned to the floor for the second half, the Bobcats used all of their resources to stay in front of the Flying Fleet. Of the 10 players that played in the second half, nine of them scored. Furthermore, of the 17 made field goals for the Bobcats in the half 12 of them had an assist attached. Even with the balanced Bobcat offense, Erskine was still within just two possessions of tying the score with a little over a minute to go in regulation. However, the Bobcats knocked down a couple key free throws down the stretch to finish off the win, 93-84.
As mentioned earlier, the balance for the Bobcats was major key in Thursday's victory. Four Bobcats finished in double figures on the night. Quay Kimble led LMC with 16 points, while Andrew Gardner added 15. Anthony Hicks nearly picked up a double-double finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds, and finally Kamil Williams chipped in 13 points to round out the top scorers for the Bobcats Thursday.
The Bobcats will be back in action next Wednesday when they host rival King University at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off for that contest is set for 7:30 p.m.