Banner Elk, N.C. – The Warriors fell to the Lees-McRae College Bobcats in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday evening in a final score of 82-73.
Darius Sharpe led the Warriors with 26 points in the loss. He was followed by Justice McCullough with 17 points. Southern Wesleyan posted a 40.4% field goal percentage and went 23-32 at the free throw line. Tyus Gaines led the team in assists with four of the seven made by the Warriors. Gaines was followed by Darrian Brown with two.
Southern Wesleyan made 39 rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats. Justice McCullough led the Warriors with 10 rebounds. He was followed by Zalan Richards with nine and Darius Sharpe with eight. Three Warriors posted a block against the Bobcats. Richards and Gaines led Southern Wesleyan in steals with three apiece.
Final: Lees-McRae 82, Southern Wesleyan 73
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-10/CC 2-13), Lees-McRae (7-15/CC 6-8)
Coach Wimphrie Says...
"We were competitive tonight and had our chances to get the victory. But missed assignments on defense the last two minutes of the game resulted in a critical three point basket that stretched the game to seven. Darius Sharpe continues to show consistency despite multiple defenses and Justice McCullough has developed tremendously from his freshman to his sophomore year. The rest of the team must find a way to contribute if we are going to be successful."
How It Happened
The Warriors struck first in the contest on Saturday evening with free throws, a layup, and a jump shot from Justice McCullough to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead. Jordan Turner made a jump shot to put the Bobcats on the board. A layup from Donte Falls put the Bobcats ahead 13-11 before layups from Darius Sharpe and Zalan Richards put the Warriors back on top 15-13. Free throws from Turner gave the Bobcats the momentum to go on a run and lead 31-20 halfway through the first half. Despite several free throws, the Warriors trailed 29-40 at the half.
The Bobcats struck first in the second half, but Justice McCullough responded with the jump shot and layup to put the score at 33-45. Again, the Warriors made several free throws and a 3-pointer from Sharpe to make it 54-61. Shots from Tyus Gaines, Kevin Stamps, and Sharpe put the Warriors with four at 68-72. Southern Wesleyan was not able to regain control as the Bobcats won the game 82-73.
The Warriors will return home to face the Emmanuel College Lions on February 11 at 4 p.m. They will hit the road on February 15 to take on the Limestone College Saints at 7:30 p.m.