Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in their second Conference Carolinas match up for the season in a 93-80 final.
Southern Wesleyan went 29-72 in field goal shots for a %40.3 percent. They went on to shoot 26.9% at the three point line and 57.7% at the free throw line. Justice McCullough led the team with 22 points and DJ Dobson with 20 points. McCullough went on to record 14 of the 36 rebounds the Warriors posted in the loss. Jalen Lowery led the team with two steals and Dobson led the team with one block.
Final: Lees-McRae 93, Southern Wesleyan 80
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-6 / CC 0-2), Lees-McRae (5-3 / CC 1-0)
Coach Wimphrie says...
"We are still missing too many open shots and free throws. Overall, we are competing, but when you can't make shots, you dig yourself into a hole which can be difficult to overcome."
How It Happened
Lees-McRae jumped out first in the game on a jump shot by Dylan Gollihar. The Warriors countered to take the lead on a three point jump shot by Issac Ford to take a 3-2 point lead. Javon Hunter made a three point shot to keep lead at 6-5, however back-to-back three point shots by Lepreece Lynch gave the Bobcats an 11-6 point lead. A three point shot by Ford and a layup by Zalan Richards allowed the Warriors to tie the game, and then a layup by DJ Dobson gave the Warriors a 13-11 point lead. Lees-McRae pulled ahead to take a 22-17 point lead over Southern Wesleyan, but a layup by Justice McCullough and jump shot by Bryson Williams put the Warriors down four points to the Bobcats and make the score 21-25. A layup and free throw by Dobson allowed the Warriors to stay within three points of the Bobcats. Lees-McRae was up 47-42 going into the half.
Lees-McRae started off the second half with a dunk by Jason Saintizaire to take a seven point lead and make the score 42-49. Southern Wesleyan fought back on a jump shot by Issac Ford and a dunk by DJ Dobson to come to within ten points of the Bobcats and make the score 47-57. While the Bobcats remained in control of the game, the Warriors would not go down quietly as Justice McCullough made a jump shot to stay within ten points of them. A three point jump shot by Kylie Blackett shorted the gap and brought the Warriors to 53-62 behind the Bobcats. Southern Wesleyan continue to shorten the gap on a here point jump shot by Bryson Williams and layup by Jeremy Wert to bring the score to 65-71 behind Lees-McRae. Southern Wesleyan battled hard, but Lees-McRae won out in the end in a 93-80 final.
Southern Wesleyan will return home on November 30 to take on the Anderson Trojans at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors will next travel to Coker College on December 2 to take on the Cobras at 4 p.m. They will then continue Conference Carolina action on December 9 as they travel to Belmont Abbey to take on the Crusaders at 7:30 p.m.