CENTRAL, S.C. -- The Lee University women's basketball team observed its rise to No. 6 in the NAIA Division I poll by winning 58-34 at Southern Wesleyan on Thursday, and then the Lee men celebrated their leap from 21st to 18th with a 78-69 victory in the Southern States Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Lady Flames (18-1, 10-0) won handily despite shooting only 36.2 percent from the field. They shot 32.1 percent in the first half and led 26-17. But Southern Wesleyan (6-11, 3-6) shot 27.1 percent for the game and committed 24 turnovers.
Mary Jackson scored 15 points and Angela Spann and Madison Lee added 10 and nine for the Lady Flames, and each of those three had seven rebounds. Spann also made four steals, and Lee and Karley Miller grabbed three each. Shyla Coleman led SWU with eight points, and Janaye Gillard had four steals with seven points.
In the men's game, the Flames (13-3, 8-2) shot 60 percent compared to 38.1 for Southern Wesleyan (7-11, 2-7). Steve Bennett led Lee with 18 points and Tyrone Caldwell, Alex Wells and Ryan Westbrooks added 13, 12 and 11.
Nikola Lambic had 16 points and Phillip Williams and Rochard Gibson added 15 each for SWU, while Kenny Joyner had a game-high eight rebounds with 10 points and Nate Miller and Williams made four and three steals.
The Lee teams play Saturday afternoon at Southern Polytechnic.
LEE 58, SOUTHERN WESLEYAN 34
Lee (18-1, 10-0 SSAC)
Miller 5, Lockhart 2, Eldridge 6, German 5, Spann 10, Jackson 15, Lee 9, Hamby, Adams 2, Neuharth, Doyle 4, Iles, Zimmerman.
Southern Wesleyan (6-11, 3-6)
Gillard 7, Smith, Coleman 8, Cooper 2, Wyatt 6, Droddy 2, Erby 4, Cranston 3, Ham 2, Walker.
Halftime: Lee, 26-17.
LEE 78, SOUTHERN WESLEYAN 69
Lee (13-3, 8-2)
Henley 8, Shaughnessy 2, Caldwell 13, Blue 8, Wells 12, Westbrooks 11, Bennett 18, Sharp, Godette 6, Pellot-Rosa, Maxwell.
Southern Wesleyan (7-11, 2-7)
Reeves, Brown 2, Lambic 16, Wise 2, Joyner 10, Miller 4, Julian 5, Williams 15, Gibson 15, Percival, Lieberman, Duck.
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