ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- Junior Kendall Isler dropped a season-high 17 points and the team knocked down 31 free throws while the Lees-McRae men's basketball led wire-to-wire in an 84-67 win at Warren Wilson Thursday evening in Asheville, N.C.
The Bobcats (4-3) impressed offensively by shooting a 49% clip while Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) continued his hot streak with 15 points. The Owls (6-7) were led by Ty Johnson, who had a game-high 23 points while teammate Justin Gonyea had 14.
Senior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) aggravated the WWC defense all night with a 14-point performance and swiped two steals.
LMC was nearly unstoppable in the first seven minutes while it ran out to an 18-4 lead following four consecutive points from Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.).
Tutton scored eight of his points in a three-minute span.
WWC drilled three three's in a row to shave the deficit to nine, 30-21, with 6:31 left in the first half.
Freshman Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.) continued his season-long success from three-point range with a deep triple to extend LMC's lead to 11, 38-27.
The Bobcats carried a healthy 46-32 lead into the break after shooting at 56.8% clip.
Sophomore Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) followed Wilmoth's lead with a three of his own to keep the lead at arm's length early in the second.
A Johnson three kept the Owls close despite trailing by 11 with 6:45 remaining.
Coach Steve Hardin's squad iced the win with solid free-throw shooting in the waning minutes of the contest.
Five Bobcats hit at least five shots from the charity stripe while Isler (Winder, Ga.) led LMC with five rebounds.
The Bobcats will enjoy an 11-day break before welcoming Brevard Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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