Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in an 87-70 point final on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors shot 36.9% from the field in the loss to the Bobcats. Jalen Lowery led the team with 16 points in the loss. Lowery was followed by Christian McLean with 13 points and Diego Poore with 11 points. Southern Wesleyan posted 27 rebounds in the loss with Zalan Richards and Jeremy Wert leading the team with six rebounds apiece. Javon Hunter led the team with five of the 17 assists. Hunter was followed by Lamont Smith with four. Southern Wesleyan recorded 14 steals with Lowery and McLean leading the team with four steals each.
Final: Lees-McRae 87, Southern Wesleyan 70
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-8 / CC 1-2) Lees-McRae (4-7 / CC 1-2)
How It Happened
Lees-McRae jumped out early as Jerick Haynes made free throws and then a layup to give the Bobcats a 4-0 advantage. Southern Wesleyan countered to come to 2-4 behind the Bobcats as Jeremy Wert made a layup. Lees-McRae charged ahead, but a jump shot by Javon Hunter and a three point shot by Christian McLean put the Warriors down 7-12. Three point shots by Jalen Lowery and Wert put the Warriors within one point of the Bobcats and made the score 13-14. Diego Poore made a jump shot to keep Southern Wesleyan within six points. The Bobcats maintained the lead on a jump shot by Anthony Hicks, but Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as Jalen Lowery made a three point jump shot to take a 35-34 point lead. A layup by Isaac Ford allowed Southern Wesleyan to give them a 36-34 advantage at half.
The Bobcats tied the game at 36 on a layup by Quay Kimble, but the Warriors fought back with a three point jump shot by Diego Poore to put them on top 39-36. The lead was short-lived as the Bobcats tied the game at 39 on a three point shot by Kimble. Lees-McRae pushed ahead on a layup by Andrew Gardner to take a six-point advantage over Southern Wesleyan. The Warriors pressured the Bobcats back as Isaac Ford made a layup to make the score 41-47. Lees-McRae took a twelve point advantage, but Southern Wesleyan continued to challenge with a three point shot by Diego Poore to cut the Bobcats lead 44-53. The Bobcats continued to press ahead on a layup by Malik Wright to take a 64-47 point advantage. Southern Wesleyan pressured Lees-McRae back as Jalen Lowery and Christian McLean made a three point shot to put the Warriors down 57-72. Despite a three point shots by Lamont Smith and Diego Poore, and a layup by NaJarius Green, the Warriors fell to the Bobcats in a 87-70 final.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on December 15 as they host their first Conference Carolinas game of the year against the University of Mount Olive Trojans at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Anderson, SC to take on the Anderson Trojans on December 19.