Hot-shooting Lee runs away from fourth-ranked Southern Poly
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (Lee/WRCB) -- Lee University played its most complete game of the year to run away wit a 93-68 rout of fourth-ranked Southern Polytechnic State University on Thursday night in Walker Arena.
The 14th-ranked Flames came bliserting hot, shooting 18-of-33 from the floor and 9-of-17 behind the 3-point arc in the first half. Lee opened up a 51-31 lead at the break and never let up, going on to shoot 53 percent from the field (36-of-68) for the game.
"Southern Poly is an outstanding club and they can really shoot the basketball. We got a strong effort from a lot of different players in the win tonight," said Lee head coach Tommy Brown after his Flames improved to 19-5 overall and 13-4 in SSAC play.
Senior Ryan Westbrooks topped the Flames with a 27-point effort. He was 10-of-14 from the field, 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He completed the all around performance with six rebounds and a couple of assists.
Steve Bennett added 13 points and nine rebounds for the winners. Alex Wells and Tyrone Caldwell also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Caldwell added six rebounds and four assists.
The Flames out-scored Southern Poly 55-18 in points off the bench. They had a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint and collected a remarkable 27-3 advantage in points off turnovers.
Lee will have only one day to get ready for a Senior Night showdown with ninth-ranked Mountain State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Walker Arena. The Flames upset the Cougars in early January.
Lady Flames extend win streak to 18 with win over Southern Poly
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (Lee/WRCB) -- Former Polk County star Hollie German led three Lee players in double-figures with a game-high 22 points and the Lady Flames extended their win streak to 18 with a 78-63 win over visiting Southern Poly on Thursday night.
Fourth-ranked Lee improved to 27-1 overall with the win, and remains unbeaten in Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) play at 19-0.
Angela Spann added 13 points and Mary Jackson chipped in 11 for the Lady Flames, who raced to a 39-19 halftime lead. The Hornets cut the lead to nine with five minutes to play, but Lee regrouped to pull away down the stretch.
Kally Eldridge directed the Lee attack with an impressive 14 assists.
"We played alright, but we didn't play as well on defense as I would have liked," said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. "We've just got to keep working toward getting better.
"Having Hollie (German) and Angela (Spann) get in early foul trouble hurt us. We have trouble playing without them on the floor."
Overall, the Lady Flames won the shooting comparison, 41-percent to 30-percent, and the rebounding battle, 48-36. Lee struggled taking care of the ball, committing 20 turnovers, compared to 16 Hornet floor mistakes.
Lee shot 36-percent beyond the arc, but hit just 14-of-22 free throws (63-percent). Southern Poly landed 2-of-11 3-pointers, but went to the charity stripe 35 times, converting 27. All totaled, 46 fouls were called in the tough contest.
The Lady Flames will return to Walker Arena on Saturday for Senior Night against Voorhees College at 5 p.m. ET.