Lees-McRae falls to UNC Greensboro
by Staff Reports
GREENSBORO -- Mike Chambers scored 19 points in 14 minutes off the bench, and Darius Smith dished out a game-high nine assists to pace the Lees-McRae men's basketball team in a 104-76 exhibition loss to UNC Greensboro on Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats placed three players in double figures, shot 44.4 percent from the floor in the game and pulled down 33 rebounds. They also grabbed nine steals.
Five players for UNC Greensboro scored in double figures. The Spartans posted a field goal percentage of 58.2 percent to go along with 44 boards and 12 steals.
Chambers knocked down 7-of-11 attempts from the floor for a team-high 19 points. Teammates Raul Tutton and Jacquise Moore added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Smith dished out a game-high nine assists to go along with three steals, while Moore and Darryl Bond each chipped in five boards.
Kayel Locke paced the Spartans with a game-high 30 points, connecting on 12-of-17 shots from the field, as Kyle Cain added a double-double with 14 points and a contest-best 11 boards.
Tevon Saddler and Nicholas Paulos chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Saddler posted a game-high five steals. Tyrone Outlaw added 13 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
The Spartans jumped out to a 15-2 lead before the Bobcats responded, cutting the margin to 15-8 with a 6-0 spurt capped by a Chambers 3-pointer with 14 minutes left in the first half. Greensboro answered with an 11-2 run, pushing its advantage to 26-10 at the 10:45 mark.
The Bobcats kept pace with the Spartans for the remainder of the half, cutting the lead to 50-36 with a late lay-in by Moore heading into the break. Lees-McRae continued to play with intensity and grit throughout the second half, matching the Spartans basket for basket and only allowing the deficit to balloon by three points at the final media timeout.
Chambers scored the final two baskets of the game.
Lees-McRae opens the regular season at 8 p.m. Saturday, against Catawba College in the Salisbury Roundball Classic.