BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's basketball team exploded for 62 points in the second half and hit at least 13 3's for the sixth consecutive while defeating Conference Carolinas foe Erskine, 93-75, Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (6-5, 4-0 CC) continued their torrid run with their fifth consecutive win and largest victory of the year while Austin Anderson (Anderson, S.C.) dropped a game-high 19 points. The Flying Fleet (4-4, 2-1) suffered their first conference loss by shooting a measly 3-for-20 from three-point range.
Coach Steve Hardin's team is undefeated in conference play four games in for the first time in school history. His squad is unreal from behind the arc and has 14 or more triples in seven of the team's 11 games this season.
Anderson tallied seven of LMC's first 10 points before a Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) jumper and Lepreece Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) triple gave the Bobcats a 15-10 lead early in the first half.
EC would claw its way back and tie it at 24 after buckets from Brannon Dark and Brandon Wilkerson.
Dark and Joby Glymph led the Flying Fleet with 17 points each.
Glymph entered the contest leading the conference in points per game with 23.8.
Bobcats' Jordan Turner (Hickory, N.C.) provided six clutch points off the bench in a span of 63 seconds.
LMC allowed only two made field goals in the final 5:19 of the first half.
Despite trailing at half, the Flying Fleet shot 52.4% from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
Lynch and Anderson controlled the offense for the first five minutes of the second half by combining for 10 points.
Honore used a heads up play with a steal and a layup following a Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) basket.
LMC lit up the scoreboard by making four consecutive three pointers, sparked by a pair from sophomore Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.).
The Bobcats were relentless and hit another three in a row from downtown moments later to blow the game open, 75-50.
Anderson and Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) combined for all three threes.
EC slightly dented the lead with strong play from Dark and Thomas Nolan Jr., 76-58.
Freshman Trey Hall (Orlando, Fla.) joined the scoring parade with five points in a 31-second span.
Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) returned from a quick stint on the DL with a three-pointer late in the second half to get in the book.
Wilmoth and Turner combined for 22 points off the bench while Lynch finished with 13 and senior Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) chipped in with 10 points.
LMC's defense forced 21 turnovers while the offense dished out 17 assists, led by Honore's eight.
The Bobcats shot an impressive 57.5% in the second half, including 9-for-16 from behind the arc.
LMC travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take on P.R.-Bayamon Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
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