Men's Basketball

Lynch Lifts Bobcats with Late Bucket at Brevard, 84-83

Lynch Lifts Bobcats with Late Bucket at Brevard, 84-83

BREVARD, N.C. --- Lepreece Lynch hit a 12-foot floater in the lane with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Lees-McRae men's basketball team to an 84-83 victory against Brevard in nonconference play at Boshamer Gymnasium Sunday afternoon in Brevard, N.C.

The Bobcats (3-5) collected their second consecutive win while senior Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) paced the team with 17 points. The Tornados (0-5) remain winless despite a career-high 33 points from senior Miles Leathers.

Coach Steve Hardin's squad has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in five straight, while hitting at 14 in three of them.

BC's Demarcus Threatt impressed with 26 points.

The first 10 minutes of the contest was a see-saw battle while LMC maintained a three-point advantage, 17-14, despite a layup from Leathers.

The Bobcats took control of the game with a 24-8 run, sparked by a three from Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.) and Isler.

Junior Avery Wallis (Wilkesboro, N.C.) drained a long three before a pair of buckets from senior Austin Anderson (Anderson, S.C.).

Anderson played well by contributing 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Tornados got the offense going with a 9-2 run in the last 1:40 of the first half while Leathers and Threatt were responsible for all nine points.

LMC shot a staggering 54.8% from the field and hit more threes (nine) than field goals (eight).

BC used a three-pointer from Alex Moe to shave the deficit to six, 45-39.

The Bobcats retorted with a 7-0 run to stretch it back to 52-39.

Following buckets from Jack Frank (Tampa, Fla.) and Lynch, BC's defense clamped down.

The Tornados put together an improbable run and took a 69-68 lead after producing a 15-0 run in a span of 3:03.

The final 5:35 provided fireworks after Threatt scored six consecutive points.

LMC was not to be outdone when Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) tied the contest with a tough bucket before drilling a deep three, 82-81, with 52 seconds remaining.

BC captured the lead once again with 10 seconds on the clock after a Threatt layup.

Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) delivered in the clutch when he drove the lane before hit a step-back floater with 1.8 left.

LMC's bench tallied 31 points, compared to BC's one.

The Tornados outscored the Bobcats in the paint, 42-28.

Malbon was lights out and went 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

LMC welcomes Belmont Abbey Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for a Conference Carolinas tilt.

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