TIGERVILLE, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's basketball team shot an incredible 53.1% from the field and senior Sean Deniton paced the squad with 18 points while Coach Steve Hardin's team thwarted North Greenville, 101-88, in a Conference Carolinas game Tuesday night at Hayes Gymnasium in Tigerville, S.C.
The Bobcats (7-7, 3-5 CC) matched last year's win total with the victory while the team set a season-high in points. The Crusaders (8-5, 4-4) scored 42 points in the paint while a quartet of players had 17 points or more.
LMC has scored 197 points in its last two games while scoring 90 points or more for the fifth time this season.
The Bobcats have won two consecutive games following a three-game losing skid.
Hardin's team knocked down four triples in a span of 4:24 before a Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) layup gave LMC a 30-15 lead halfway through the opening stanza.
Moore finished with 17 points and two steals.
Junior Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) got in the mix with a bucket in the waning moments of the first half and Moore contributed six points in the final 1:12 while LMC led by 22 at the break.
The Bobcat defense held NGU to 38.5% from the floor.
For the second consecutive game, LMC went 7-for-13 from long distance in the first half.
A pair of Crusader layups and a Phillip Brown triple completed a 16-5 run with 6:15 on the clock.
NGU's Korval McElroy drained two free throws, but LMC's Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) used a bucket plus-on to stretch the lead to 11, 92-81.
Tutton dropped 14 points and dished out an assist.
The Crusaders made it interesting when a Lashawn Alexander layup cut the deficit to six, 92-86.
The Bobcats responded with a 9-0 run, fueled by a Malbon jumper and smooth free throw shooting to conserve the win.
LMC welcomes nonconference foe Montreat for a contest Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.