Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in an exciting game on Tuesday night with a 93-79 final score.
The Warriors shot 58.7% from the field and were 30% at the three point line. Jeremy Wert led the team with 21 points. He was followed by Justice McCullough with 20 and DJ Dobson with 18. Javon Hunter led the team with five assists.
The Warriors had 39 rebounds in the loss, with Justice McCullough leading the team with 23 rebounds to give him a double-double. DJ Dobson led the team with two of the four steals. McCullough went on to lead the team with the only two blocks of the evening.
Final: Lees-McRae 93, Southern Wesleyan 79
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-21 / CC 1-13), Lees-McRae (17-7 / CC 11-4)
How It Happened
The Bobcats jumped out early with a jump shot by Lepreece Lynch to take a 2-0 lead. Lees-McRae had taken a six point lead, before a layup by Jalen Lowery put the Warriors on the board to make the score 6-2. A jump shot by Jacob Smith put the Warriors down two points to the Bobcats. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight scoring layups by Zalan Richards and Jalen Lowery to put the Warriors down 9-10 to the Bobcats. DJ Dobson made a dunk to keep the Warriors close behind the Bobcats. Lees-McRae pushed ahead to take a 13-point lead back-to-back three point shots by Jordan Turner to make the score 28-15. NaJarius Green made a layup and three point jump shot to put the Warriors down 20-31 to the Bobcats with just over ten minutes left to play in the first half. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure Lees-McRae with free throws by Jalen Lowery and Jeremy Wert to come to 32-49 behind. Lees-McRae was ahead 53-40 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan attacked first in the second half with a three point jump shot by Jeremy Wert to make the score 53-43. The Bobcats countered with free throws by Malik Wright, but a layup by Wert kept the Warriors within ten points. Back-to-back layups by Justice McCullough allowed the Warriors to come to 60-51 behind the Bobcats. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure, coming to within seven points of Lees-McRae on layups by DJ Dobson and Justice McCullough. Free throws by Jeremy Wert allowed the Warriors to make the score 61-71. Shots by Wert and McCullough put Southern Wesleyan within six points of Lees-McRae. Despite the late rally, the Bobcats won the game 93-79.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to King to take on the Tornado on February 10 at 4 p.m. They will remain on the road on February 17 as they take on the Emmanuel Lions at 4 p.m.