Tigerville, SC – Paul Harrison knocked down a three-pointer with four seconds left in the game but Lees-McRae guard Daniel Sepokas hit two clutch free throws with .7 seconds left to seal an 89-85 for the visiting Bobcats.
Lees-McRae, a member of Conference Carolinas, opened up the game shooting 77.7 percent from the floor in the first half, including 75 percent from beyond the arc, en route to building a 51-36 halftime lead.
However, after a strong first half, the Bobcats would cool off allowing North Greenville to tie the score with 9:28 left in the second half. The Crusaders and Bobcats would trade baskets back-and-forth with Lee-McRae utilizing their strong outside shooting to eventually pull away.
“There is no question that we played hard and fought hard to come back,” said head coach Chad Lister. “We had plenty of opportunities at the end but we just couldn’t capitalize on them”
Harrison had his second strong game of the young season as he recorded his first double-double of 2010 with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 13-20 shooting from the floor. Luke Lattimer came to life from beyond the arc, shooting 4-9 from deep en route to 20 points in the game. Jonathan Bozymowski asserted himself on offense, scoring 17 points on 6-7, including 3-3 from three-point range, while dishing out four assists. Tyrell Platt filled up the stat sheet as he finished the game with five points, four rebounds and seven assists.
The Crusaders (1-2) will have a chance to redeem themselves as the play host to Atlanta Christian College on Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.