BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Austin Anderson turned in another impressive performance with 23 points and senior Jonathan Honore was clutch with 16 points while the Lees-McRae men's basketball team outlasted Belmont Abbey, 90-77, in a Conference Carolinas game Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (4-5, 2-0 CC) pushed their win streak to three games while shooting 52.9% in the second half. The Crusaders (2-5, 0-2) had a quartet of players in double figures, including 25 from Deion Lane, who led all players.
Anderson (Anderson, S.C.) recorded his third 20+ point game and has notched double figures in all but two games this season. Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) matched his season total in three pointers made (four) by going 4-for-6 from the behind the arc.
Lane and LMC's Lepreece Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) exchanged triples early in the game while BAC held an 8-5 advantage.
The Crusaders produced a 13-0 run to push the lead to 25-10 before a bucket from Jack Frank (Tampa, Fla.).
Anderson caught fire and scored eight of his 23 points in a span of 43 seconds before a Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) dunk cut the deficit to three, 27-24.
Coach Steve Hardin's squad tied it at 33 following consecutive baskets from Anderson and Honore.
The Bobcats took a 38-37 lead into the half despite a three-pointer from Spencer Wilson with 19 seconds remaining.
Wilson impressed with 14 points off the bench.
Lynch went on a 7-0 run to start the second to break a 40-all tie.
BAC cut the deficit to one, 57-56, after a deep triple from Lane.
Honore got the crowd on its feet after swishing consecutive threes in a 26-second span.
The senior hit two more for good measure to give LMC an 81-67 lead.
The Bobcat defense clamped down and held BAC to only three made baskets over the final 7:41.
LMC knocked down 13 three's while Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) and Anderson paced the team with six rebounds.
The Bobcats look to stretch their streak to four when they visit Pfeiffer Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for a conference battle.