WILSON, N.C. --- Lees-McRae junior Jacquise Moore and freshman Mike Chambers scored 25 points each, but a hot-shooting Barton bested LMC, 103-84, in Conference Carolinas action Saturday evening at Wilson Gymnasium in Wilson, N.C.
The Bulldogs (14-9, 10-3 CC) saw 12 players score at least a point while Chris Flemmings dropped a game-high 27 points. The Bobcats (6-17, 1-11) shot 15 more free-throws (42-27) than BC, but was outrebounded by the same margin (44-29).
Barton knocked down its first four shots and jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first 2:02 following a Brian McNair trey.
Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) rattled off eight consecutive points before a Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) layup sliced the deficit to three, 22-19.
The Bulldogs responded by ripping off a 22-7 run to create some breathing room over the next 6:45. Kendall Patterson got in the mix with a pair of three-pointers during the spurt.
BC would stretch the lead to 21 thanks to Khari Faison, who scored six consecutive points prior to the end of the half, 54-33.
The Bobcats shot 33.3% from the floor in the first 20 minutes while BC connected on 57.5% of its shots.
Chambers and Moore (Concord, N.C.) combined for 12 of LMC's first 13 points of the second half while the Bobcats trailed 63-46.
Flemmings caught fire and scored 10 straight while BC pushed the lead back to 20, 78-58.
Moore responded with eight of his own while LMC went on a 13-6 run to cut it 88-75 with 6:10 remaining.
Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) weaved his way in for a layup to keep it interesting, 91-78. However, the Bulldogs would finish on the game on a 12-6 run despite a Rishad Felton (Hendersonville, N.C.) layup with 16 ticks on the clock.
Barton's bench dropped a staggering 82 points while the Bulldogs shot 56.5% from the floor with a 21-point performance from McClendon.
Tutton paced the team five rebounds to go with 11 points. Smith nearly missed a double-double (nine points, eight assists). DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) swatted four shots in 15 minutes of action.
Both offensives were efficient while neither team turned the ball over more than nine times.
LMC looks to bounce back with a trip to North Greenville Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Tigersville, S.C. This is a rescheduled game from Wednesday Feb. 12.
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