BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Kendall Isler delivered a career-high 24 points and three other players recorded double figures while the Lees-McRae men's basketball team staved off Limestone, 85-79, in a Conference Carolinas game in front of a raucous crowd Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (10-7, 6-1 CC) remain perfect at home and tied for first in the conference after a season-low six turnovers. The Saints (5-11, 3-5) had three players with at least 16 points, including a team-high 19 from Shaq Dance.
Dance finished the evening with four blocks while LMC hit 11 three pointers.
LC's Justin Crowder knocked down a pair from deep range in the first 79 seconds before LMC's Avery Wallis (Wilkesboro, N.C.) and Lepreece Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) combined for the team's first 10 points.
Lynch and Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) connected on consecutive triple while coach Steve Hardin's team took a 19-15 lead.
Lynch amassed 14 points and Malbon went for nine.
Senior Austin Anderson (Anderson, S.C.) returned to action and buried a pair of threes before Lynch followed suit with one of his own, 34-26.
The Bobcats defense held the Saints with a point for five minutes while pushing the lead to 11.
Isler (Winder, Ga.) scored the final four points for LMC in the opening half, 45-32.
The senior has tallied double figures in five consecutive games.
He stayed hot out of the break and connected on back-to-back triples to take the largest lead of the game, 53-34.
LC's Brolin Floyd and Dance combined for a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 10, 53-43.
Floyd enjoyed a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) and Malbon carried the offense through the midway portion of the second half and contributed nine points, 65-52.
Honore scored 13 points and dished out three assists.
The Saints defense held LMC to four made buckets in the final 7:57 and used seven points from Macoumba Kane to cut the lead to five, 81-76.
Kane finished with 16 points.
The Bobcats didn't flinch and went 8-for-8 from the line in the final 33 seconds to cap off the win.
LMC is 7-3 in its last 10 games and have won three straight.
The Bobcats welcome Emmanuel (Ga.) Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. for a CC tilt at Williams Gymnasium.
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