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Originally published: 2012-11-19 19:59:24
Last modified: 2012-11-19 19:59:24

LMC Men’s basketball: Carson-Newman, Catawba upend Bobcats in non-conference tilts

Odell Parker scored 18 points in the second half to help Carson-Newman College overcome a 15-point halftime deficit en route to a hard-fought 68-62 victory against LMC in non-conference play on Monday, Nov. 12, in Williams Gymnasium.

Carson-Newman shot 41 percent from the floor on the night, including a 48.3 percent clip in the second half, while holding LMC to a field goal percentage of 30.8 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Eagles edged the Bobcats by a 38-37 margin on the glass, including a 26-24 advantage on the defensive rebounds, while converting 22-of-33 attempts at the free throw line.

Daniel Sepokas led the way for LMC with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, knocking down his first four three-pointers while hauling down a team-high six rebounds. Asad Lamot added 14 points, with game-highs of six assists and four steals, as D.J. Brown chipped in 11 points with a trio of three-pointers.

Parker paced all scorers with 25 points, including 18 in the second half, while connecting on 8-of-16 attempts from the floor and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds to post a double-double. Antoine Davis added 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while chipping in six rebounds and three assists.

LMC led 39-24 at intermission and by as many as 17 points early in the second half before the Eagles chipped at the deficit, regaining the lead with less than two minutes to play. Jeremiah Henry tied the game at 61 with little more than one minute to play, but the Eagles closed out the game with a 7-2 spurt to take the victory.

Catawba College placed three players in double figures, and outscored visiting LMC by a 43-28 margin in the first half en route to an 83-62 win in non-conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Charles Clarke led the way for LMC with 11 points and three assists, while Henry and Sepokas both added nine points. Henry, Sepokas and Lamot each chipped in five rebounds as Young posted a team-high four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Catawba never trailed in the contest, opening the game on a 6-0 run before LMC rallied to get within 8-7 on a three-pointer by Sepokas. Catawba responded with a 13-0 scoring run, pushing the lead to 21-7.

Following a pair of LMC hoops, Catawba countered with a 20-7 run during the next five minutes to push the lead to 41-18 and seize control of the contest. LMC crawled within 15 points by halftime, but a 12-6 spurt by Catawba to open the second half stretched its lead to 55-34 as the Indians cruised to the win.

LMC returns home at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, for a Conference Carolinas matchup against Barton.