HARROGATE, Tenn. --- Seniors Raul Tutton and Jacquise Moore combined for 30 points in the Lees-McRae men's basketball season-opening loss to No. 23 Lincoln Memorial, 96-72, Friday evening at the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge in Harrogate, Tenn.
The Railsplitters (1-0) offense was sharp by knocking down 56.7% of their shots, including five three-pointers from guard Luquon Choice. The Bobcats (0-1) trailed by one with 11 minutes to go, but fell victim to a late run.
LMU's Tim Pierce paced both teams with 22 points while grabbing six boards and dishing out five assists.
Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) swatted two shots while the Railsplitters blocked only one shot on the evening.
LMU led the first half wire-to-wire, despite a three-pointer from Tutton that made it 12-10.
Pierce caught fire and connected on three consecutive three-pointers to push the lead to eight, 30-22.
LMC junior Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) responded by scoring nine straight Bobcat points in a span of 1:42 to cut the deficit to two, 40-38.
A Sean Deniton (Durham, N.C.) layup gave Coach Steve Hardin's team its first lead of the game early in the second half, 44-43.
The Railsplitters offense went on a torrid tear and made 10 of its next 11 shots to build an 86-66 advantage.
Moore (Concord, N.C.) chipped in with four points in the waning minutes, but LMC was unable to overcome the deficit.
The Bobcats impressed at the charity stripe by knocking down 17-of-19.
LMC returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. for a battle against Tusculum in Harrogate, Tenn.