Hartsville, SC – Senior guard Stevie Evans (Columbia, SC) took the Cobras on his shoulders, as they defeated the Lees-McRae Bobcats 80-72 in a thrilling overtime game at Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. Evans had a career high 26 points off the bench for the Coker (8-8, 4-5 Conf. Carolinas) including going 9-for-11 from the floor, 3-for-3 from the foul line, while dishing out two assists, one big one with just a minute left in regulation to JC Hafner (Jefferson, MD) for 3-points that put the Cobras within one point of the Bobcats (1-19, 1-9 Conf. Carolinas) 67-66. Evans then hit the game tying free throws with just 16 seconds, sending the game to overtime with the score tied at 68.
After a quick breather, the Cobras were fired up and ready to win scoring five quick points with the help of Mason Ambler (Atlanta, GA) allowing Coker to come out with the win.
Along with the player of the game Evans, Ambler dropped in 24 points with eight rebounds and three assists, while Josh Poston (Myrtle Beach, SC) had eight points and five rebounds.
The Bobcats were not without their fair share of highlight worthy players, as five players scored in double figures for Lees-McRae. Leading the charge was Sam Youse with 17 points, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc with four rebounds, while Jesse Hoots had 11 points. Kyle Boardman, Stephen Haymer and Aaron Woodacre each had 10 points for the Bobcats.
Coker returns to the floor on Tuesday, as they travel to Limestone for a 7:30 p.m. game, while Lees-McRae will play at home on Monday against Queens at 7:30 p.m.