BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Five Lees-McRae players notched double figures while the defense forced 19 turnovers, but the men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 79-78 contest to Conference Carolinas newcomer Southern Wesleyan Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Warriors (1-2, 1-0 CC) picked up their first win of the year by knocking down 54.3% of their shots while Cameron Solomon led all scorers with 26 points. The Bobcats (1-2, 0-1) tallied 78 points for the second consecutive game while the senior duo of Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) and Sean Deniton (Durham, N.C.) combined for 33 points.
11 Bobcats found the point's column on the evening while Moore led all players with four steals.
Solomon's three-pointer gave the Warriors a four-point cushion, 26-22.
The Bobcats responded with a 13-4 run, thanks to a Deniton three sandwiched between two rim rattling dunks by Moore and senior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.).
Moore dished out an assist to freshman Tyriq Royal (Kernersville, N.C.) for a layup with two ticks remaining in the first half while LMC led 37-33.
The Bobcat lead ballooned to eight, 45-37, following consecutive Deniton triples.
SWU's offense caught fire and knock down six of its next seven shots to go on an 11-3 run, retaking the lead 61-58.
The remainder of the game was a see-saw battle while neither team would lead by more than five points.
Malbon knocked down a pair of free throws, but the Warriors used a 6-1 run, capped off by two Dwayne Bryant free throws, to take a 79-74 lead.
Bryant was the only player to record a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
LMC made it interesting when Tutton hit a layup with 11 seconds remaining.
Following a Bobcat timeout, LMC forced a turnover and Moore converted into two points with two seconds remaining.
The Bobcats step out of conference to battle Piedmont International Friday at 7 p.m. in Williams Gym.