Men's Basketball

Men's Hoops Scorches Nets in Statement Win, 89-72

Men's Hoops Scorches Nets in Statement Win, 89-72

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Austin Anderson continued his incredible 2016 run and the Lees-McRae men's basketball hit a season-high 18 3's while powering past Pfeiffer, 89-72, in a Conference Carolinas game Monday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bobcats (15-11, 11-5 CC) set a school record with 11 conference wins while tying a school record with 15 overall wins. The Falcons (11-13, 7-9) turned the ball over 21 times while De'Vonte Jenkins scored 19 points.

Anderson (Anderson, S.C.) has scored in double figures in all but one game since the calendar turned to 2016 while scoring at least 24 in five of them. He is averaging 25.5 in his last four contests.

LMC improved to 9-1 at home by shooting 50.8% and besting its season-high of 17 made three pointers; which it set Saturday against North Greenville.

Junior Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) scored five of his 11 points in a 52-second span before a pair of Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) free throws gave LMC a 12-6 advantage.

The Bobcats drained consecutive threes before PU's Andrew Guerrero did the same, tying the contest at 18.

Hicks splashed another triple before an and-one play from Anderson capped off a 12-0 Bobcat run, 30-18.

The Falcons retaliated with a 10-0 of their own, powered by five points from Sae'Quahn Rogers.

Rogers and Guerrero finished 11 points apiece.

Sophomore Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.) snapped the scoreless drought with a three.

Minutes later, sophomore Keegan Crabtree (Hillsborough, N.C.) hit a three at the buzzer while LMC led 43-37 at the break.

Both teams shot the ball better than 50% in the first half.

Anderson and junior Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) ripped the net from deep to push the lead to 10, 49-39.

Following a pair of free throws from the Falcons' Justin Finch, Anderson caught fire and scored nine during a 12-0 Bobcat run.

Coach Steve Hardin's team extended the lead to 25, 81-56, thanks to a trio of triples from Wilmoth and one from Anderson.

Wilmoth was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc and did his damage in eight minutes of play.

Crabtree connected from deep before a Honore jumper at the 3:43 mark gave LMC its largest lead of the night, 89-63.

PU ended the game on a 9-0 run, but was unable to overcome LMC's 50% from the field in the second half.

Hicks impressed with 11 points, four assists and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Bobcats travel to Belmont Abbey Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a CC battle in Belmont, N.C.

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