BOONE, N.C. --- Seniors Sean Deniton and Raul Tutton combined for 30 points while the Lees-McRae men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker, 71-69, in exhibition play at Appalachian State Thursday night at the Holmes Center in Boone, N.C.
Coach Steve Hardin's team took advantage of sloppy Mountaineer play by converting 20 turnovers into 23 points and led by as many as nine in the first half.
LMC took an early four-point lead following a pair of Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) free throws and saw the advantage balloon to nine after a Kendal Isler (Winder, Ga.) layup.
ASU cut the deficit to one, 33-32, after Milos Kostic connected from downtown while the Mountaineers hit five three-pointers in the opening half.
The Bobcats took a three-point lead into halftime while five players scored at least four points.
ASU came out of the break and used a 15-4 run, sparked by Frank Eaves, to give the home squad a 47-39 lead.
Eaves lead all scorers with 22 points.
Both defenses stepped up over the next four minutes while only three buckets were made from the 15:39-11:12 mark.
The Mountaineers used a Tab Hamilton jumper with 7:26 remaining to give ASU its largest lead of the contest, 61-52.
Freshman Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.) connected on his second three-pointer in two minutes to cut the deficit to six.
Deniton (Durham, N.C.) made it 61-59 following a three-pointer, but ASU would stretch it back to five after a pair of Landon Goesling free-throws.
LMC tied the contest at 69 with 38 seconds remaining in regulation thanks to a layup plus-one play from Isler.
Eaves was able to drive to the basket and sink a layup with four ticks on the clock to give ASU a 71-69 lead.
The Bobcats had a desperation three fall short at the buzzer.
LMC opens regular season play with a trip to Lincoln Memorial Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.