The Southern Wesleyan men's basketball team struck first in the Warriors conference game on Tuesday evening. Justice McCullough made a layup to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead, but the Bobcats quickly responded and gained the momentum to lead 24-8 halfway through the first half. The Bobcats made back to back 3-pointers and the Warriors responded with a 3-pointer from Darius Sharpe. The Warriors made several free throws, but the Bobcats lead at halftime, 45-31.
The Warriors came out in the second half and added a 3-pointer and a layup from Sharpe, pulling within nine. The Bobcats quickly rallied and pushed the lead again, now 64-45. Darrian Brown and DJ Dobson both made free throws to put the Warriors back within nine at 64-55. Both teams continued to battle, but the Bobcats finished strong, 93-64.
"I was very disappointed in the team's mental effort tonight," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Charles Wimphrie. He continued, "We are not competing at a high level. We are not protecting the ball and we are not shooting the ball well at all. Tonight we shot 33% from the field and had 17 turnovers. This area must improve if we are going to compete on this level."
The Warriors made 40 rebounds in the evening game, while the Lees-McRae Bobcats made 45. Southern Wesleyan had a field goal percentage of 33.3% in the evening loss and made 11 assists. There were 17 turnovers made by the Warriors in the loss.
The loss for the Warriors makes their record now 2-10 and 1-3 in Conference Carolinas action. Lees-McRae is now 3-9 and 2-2 in conference play. Southern Wesleyan will hit the road to take on Barton this Friday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Mt. Olive on Saturday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.