HARTSVILLE, SC — Coker came back from a 17 point halftime deficit to force overtime at Lees-McRae but didn’t have anything left in the tank, falling 94-78 in men’s collegiate basketball. The Cobras drop to 5-13 and 3-8 in the CVAC, while The Bobcats improve to 5-14 and 2-10 in conference.
Lees-McRae had an outstanding first half, shooting 56 percent from the field and committing only two turnovers while forcing 13 by Coker. The hot shooting led to a lead of 22 points before the Cobras carved it down to 47-30 at the break.
Coker took the floor in the second half looking like an entirely different team and erased 14 of the 17 point margin in the first seven minutes of play. LMC answered with a 20-9 run to push the lead back to 14 points but the Cobras raced back again and trailed 75-74 with 1:38 left.
Tyreek Ramsuer made 1-2 foul shots to give the Bobcats a 76-74 and CC compounded its situation by turning the ball over with a minute to go. But senior Jamie Jenkins/Columbia, SC came up big on the defensive end with a steal on the next possession and then tied the score at 76-76 with 18 seconds remaining. LMC had three shots in the final seconds thanks to a pair of offensive rebounds but nothing would fall and the teams went to overtime.
Lees-McRae dominated the extra period as CC missed its first six shots and continually sent the Bobcats to the foul line. LMC connected on 12-12 foul shots in overtime and 29-32 for the game.
Junior Jason Fulwood/Cumming, GA ignited the Cobra comeback with 25 points on 5-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Jay Farrow/Sanford, NC added 17 points and Jenkins finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Aaron Dugger scored a game-high 28 points to lead five Bobcat players in double-digit scoring. Henri Williams had 22 points and Tyreek Ramsuer finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Cobras will now host Erskine College on Monday, February 7, at 7:30 PM.