BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Austin Anderson was one of three Lees-McRae men's basketball players with at least 13 points while the team outmuscled Mount Olive, 80-77, in Conference Carolinas action Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (2-5, 1-0 CC) won their home opener for the first time in five years while Anderson (Anderson, S.C.) led the team with 19 points. The Trojans (2-4, 0-1) suffered their fourth consecutive loss despite a double-double from Mike Moore (18 points, 11 rebounds).
The win snapped a 17-game losing skid to UMO.
Senior Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) stuffed the stat book with nine points, six boards, two blocks, two assists and a steal.
Coach Steve Hardin's team suffocated Dontrell Brite by holding the DII Preseason All-American to just seven points and 2-for-10 from the field.
LMC's defense held UMO without a field goal for nearly five minutes in the first half while six points from Anderson and a Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) layup gave the home squad a 24-15 lead.
Isler splashed a three before Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) accomplished the same feat while the Bobcats grabbed their largest lead of the contest, 30-19.
The Trojans were only able to make five field goals in the last 8:28 of the opening half while going 0-for-7 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.
LMC hit 14 three-pointers in the contest, including 8-of-12 in the second half.
UMO's John Wieland dropped eight quick points out of the gate before a JaQuan Blount three cut the deficit to four, 47-43.
The Trojans' Moore and Wieland connected on consecutive triples while knotting the contest at 51.
Anderson and Honore erased a three-point deficit with back-to-back threes halfway through the second.
UMO opened a 73-67 lead after a Dominique Reed layup with 2:30 remaining.
Once again, Anderson and Isler rose to the challenge and hit three threes in a span of 1:07 to give LMC a 76-74 lead.
UMO rallied back to grab a lead after three made free throws from Wieland.
Redd gave the Bobcats the lead for good with a layup with 33 ticks on the clock.
The Trojans final attempt went all for naught with six seconds remaining before Honore iced the contest with sharp shooting from the charity stripe.
Both teams shot 50% or better from the field in the second half.
Isler and Lepreece Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) finished with 13 points each.
The Bobcats travel to Brevard Sunday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. for a battle in Boshamer Gym.