BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Senior Jacquise Moore went off for a career-high 35 points while the Lees-McRae men's basketball team fell short in a knockdown dragout physical battle at King (Tenn.), 106-93, in a Conference Carolinas game Tuesday evening at the Student Center Complex in Bristol, Tenn.
The Tornado (23-5, 17-3 CC) put six players into double figures while hitting 34 free throws. The Bobcats (15-12, 10-10) dished out 17 assists, led by five from Sean Deniton (Durham, N.C.), while the team shot 52.9% in the second half.
The contest was slowed due to 53 combined fouls. King secured the No. 2 seed while LMC earned the No. 5 seed in the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament.
Both benches combined for 97 points while the game saw 82 points in the paint.
The Tornado sprinted out to a 20-3 lead after 7:41 of action, following a Logan Lyle's three plus-one play.
Moore (Concord, N.C.) registered four points while Coach Steve Hardin's team cut the deficit to 11, 25-14.
Senior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) took control of the LMC offense with six points, a steal and an assist while the Bobcats hung close, 42-30.
King took advantage of a pair of Hunter LeVeau triples to push the lead to 50-30.
Tutton exemplified the greatness of Dunk Mountain with a thunderous jam in the waning seconds of the opening half.
The first half was three-point heavy while both teams combined for 30 shots from behind the arc.
LMC methodically climbed back into the game with a 21-8 run, powered by five points from Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) and a Moore dunk.
Moore scored the last 10 points for the Bobcats, but King was able to stave off any rally behind 24 made free throws in the second half.
The game produced 55 attempted threes and 51 made free throws.
Sophomore Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) led the team with nine rebounds while Tutton finished with 10 points.
King was led by Shamarae Watts with 17 points while a trio of players tallied 15 points each.
LMC travels to No. 4-seeded Pfeiffer in a Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Misenheimer, N.C.
Both teams won their respective home games during the regular season, including a triple overtime thriller in Banner Elk.