Tuesday, February 14, the men’s basketball team faces-off against Conference Carolina leading King Tornado (12-1 CC), as they seek to continue an incredible six-game winning streak at home. Led strongly by head coach Scott Polsgrove, the Bobcats (7-6 CC) are fighting hard for their first .500 season in conference play, and a shot at the conference tournament.
The Bobcats, steadied by junior Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.), are fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds, as Henry has brought down 47 from the glass this season. Pushed offensively by junior DJ Brown (Anderson, S.C.), Lees-McRae is fourth in the conference from beyond the arch. The Bobcats are sixth in blocks, carried strongly by sophomore DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C). Tillman is five blocks shy of fourth in program history and is more then halfway from taking over the books with 61 blocks thus far, having 29 this season. The aggressive Bobcats are fifth in the conference in free-throw attempts, getting to the line just over 20 times per game.
Thriving on high-pressure scenarios, the Bobcats average a plus 6.1 margin in all victories, having come back big three times in conference action. With three games left in the regular season (all conference games), Polsgrove and his team are 1.5 games out of third place. Polsgrove clinched Lees-McRae’s best conference record since becoming a member of the NCAA, with a previous mark of 7-11 in 1999-2000 and in 1995-1996.
The Bobcats will bring the battle against cancer to the forefront on tomorrow, as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams host Cancer Awareness night in Williams Gymnasium. Action gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s team hosting ‘Play 4Kay’; a collaborative effort between the WBCA and the Kay Yow Foundation.
At 7:30 p.m., the men’s team will host the Tornado, and the coaches will sport their sneakers to help raise cancer awareness as part of the ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ campaign (rescheduled from January 24). Come out and support the Bobcats on Valentine’s night as we battle cancer and show our love to those who have battled this dreaded disease.
We will also be giving out a number of prizes to fans in attendance during the contests, as well as having a special speaker from the American Cancer Society at halftime of the men’s competition. Come out and show your LOVE for the Bobcats and help us fight cancer!