Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in overtime Monday evening in an 82-78 final.
Southern Wesleyan shot 43.9% from the field in the loss on Monday evening. Diego Poore led the Warriors with a career-high 19 points. He was followed by Jalen Lowery with 18 and Javon Hunter with 16 points. The Warriors recorded 30 rebounds. Poore and Zalan Richards led the team with six apiece. Lowery led the team with four of the twelve assists and three of the nine steals. Lowery also had the lone block for the Warriors.
Final: Lees-McRae 82, Southern Wesleyan 78
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-17/CC 1-9) Lees-McRae (8-13/CC 5-7)
How It Happened
Jalen Lowery scored first for the Warriors with a layup and a free throw to give the team an early 3-0 lead. After a Bobcats basket, Javon Hunter extended the Warriors lead to 5-4. Lees-McRae pulled ahead until Lowery and Zalan Richards could give the Warriors a 14-10 lead. The Bobcats were able to gain control of the game while the Warriors fought to stay in it. Diego Poore was able to chip away at the lead by hitting a 3-pointer to trail only 24-28. Despite late back-to-back shots from Lowery, the Bobcats led 34-29 at the half.
The Bobcats struck first in the second half on a pair of free throws from Quay Kimble. Hunter countered for the Warriors with his own pair of free throws and a layup to trail 33-39. A jump shot from Poore and a 3-pointer from Jacob Smith put the Warriors within one at 45-46. Lees-McRae fought to keep control of the game, but the Warriors were putting up a fight. With less than two minutes to go, Isaac Ford answered big for the Warriors to put them back within one at 63-64. A late shot from the Bobcats gave them a 66-63 lead, but Poore shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Warriors and the Bobcats went into overtime and the Bobcats scored first. Poore immediately countered with a jump shot to tie it back up at 68-68. Lees-McRae settled in and came up strong from the free throw line to go on and win the game 82-78.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home as they host the Erskine Flying Fleet on January 24 at 7:30 p.m. They will then travel to Mount Olive to take on the Trojans on January 26 at 4 p.m.