Second-half surge pushes Golden Bulls past Bobcats
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Johnson C. Smith (1-0) shot 58.1 percent from the floor in the contest, including a blistering 68 percent in the second half, while holding LMC (0-1) to a clip of 41.5 percent on the afternoon. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 41-34 margin, including a 17-8 advantage on the offensive boards, as the Golden Bulls outscored the Bobcats in the paint, 50-36.
Daniel Sepokas paced the Bobcats with 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 4-for-5 clip from beyond the arc, while also recording seven rebounds and four assists. Jeremiah Henry posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, as Asad Lamot chipped in 12 points and a contest-best four steals.
Charles Clarke added 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting in his regular season debut for the Bobcats, while Chad Eppley came off the bench to score 11 points with a 4-for-4 performance from the floor, including a 2-for-2 afternoon beyond the arc.
T. Parks led the way for Johnson C. Smith with 29 points, including 17 in the first half, as Emilio Parks added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds with an efficient 8-for-9 afternoon shooting from the floor. Antwan Wilkerson and Robert Williams each chipped in 10 points, while E. Parks posted a game-high four blocks.
LMC stayed close, trailing by just five points at 18-13 midway through the first half, but a 9-0 scoring run helped boost Johnson C. Smith to an eventual 47-34 halftime advantage.
The Golden Bulls extended its lead to 20 points within the first three minutes of the second half and never looked back in picking up the win.