CENTRAL, S.C. --- The senior trio of Raul Tutton, Jacquise Moore and Sean Deniton combined for 54 points while the Lees-McRae men's basketball ousted Southern Wesleyan in a Conference Carolinas slugfest, 96-89, Saturday afternoon at Tysinger Gymnasium in Central, S.C.
The Bobcats (6-7, 2-5 CC) drained seven three pointers in the first half while the team knocked down 29 free throws in the contest. The Warriors (3-11, 3-4) were led by Cameron Solomon and Buster Walker, who scored 30 and 26 points, respectively.
Both offenses were electric in the contest while SWU connected on 61.5% of their field goals and LMC hit 54.5%.
Sophomore Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) contributed a season-high 13 points while the Bobcats 96 points are a season high.
Junior Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) got Steve Hardin's squad on the right foot after he swatted SWU's first shot of the game.
Moore (Concord, N.C.) sparked a 9-0 run with three consecutive made jumpers while Deniton (Durham, N.C.) dished out the assists on all three buckets.
Deniton paced LMC with 20 points while Moore had 17.
Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) connected on a pair of three's and free throws before a Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) gave the Bobcats a 25-point advantage with 5:10 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) got in the mix with a jumper at 3:25 mark to give LMC its largest lead of the contest, 29.
The Warriors' Walker hit a floater in the paint to shave the deficit before the half.
The Bobcats' bench outscored SWU's bench 30-2 in the first 20 minutes.
Solomon and Walker carried the offense to a 17-5 run in the first 6:07 of the second half to cut the dearth to 10, 60-50.
Hicks and Deniton combined for five made jumpers in a three-minute span to up the lead to 15, 75-60.
Strong play from Holmes and Walker helped SWU spark a 9-2 run before a Solomon deep three put SWU behind 80-72.
The Warriors' Josh Coleman drained a pair of free throws at the 1:46 mark to make it a one-point game, 85-94.
Moore made six consecutive free throws in the waning minutes of the game to secure LMC's fourth road win.
Hardin's "FIRE" defense had 18 steals while forcing 25 turnovers.
The Bobcats travel to North Greenville Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. for CC tilt in Tigerville, S.C.
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