BELMONT, N.C. --- Senior Kendall Isler scored a team-high 21 points and the Lees-McRae men's basketball team set a school record for wins in a season after defeating Belmont Abbey, 91-82, Wednesday evening in Conference Carolinas play at the Wheeler Center in Belmont, N.C.
The Bobcats (16-11, 12-5 CC) broke the win record they set last year by shooting 53.6% in the second half and holding a +11 (36-25) advantage on the boards. The Crusaders (9-17, 5-13) shot 59.2% from the field, including 65.2% in the second half.
BAC's Nick Hough played the best game of his career, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, including 7-for-7 from behind the arc. Hough finished the night with 30 points.
LMC surpassed its 2014-15 win total of 15 with 42 bench points and a game-high 11 rebounds from junior Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.).
Anderson performed well with 17 points and a pair of rebounds.
The Crusaders held a 19-14 lead after a quick 8-2 run halfway through the first.
Both squads caught fire from behind the arc while combining to hit six triples in a span of 2:56.
BAC's Ben Ferguson was responsible for two of them.
Trailing 38-31, LMC went on a 12-0 run in the final 3:14 of the first half, capped off by a halfcourt buzzer beater from Isler. Anderson scored five points during the spurt.
The Bobcats' Lepreece Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) put LMC up, 50-43, with a three-point shot. He finished with 19 points, including 17 in the second half.
BAC kept the contest within seven most of the second half until a jumper from Lynch and layup from junior Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) made it 69-60.
LMC took its largest lead of the night, 75-64, following consecutive threes from Lynch.
Hough responded with a pair of triples of his own to cut the deficit to seven, 81-74.
Isler delivered the knockout punch with a three with 1:04 remaining in regulation.
Coach Steve Hardin's squad went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the win.
Gaither tallied eight points and freshman Trey Hall (Apopka, Fla.) connected on two crucial three pointers in the contest.
The Bobcats battle Emmanuel (Ga.) Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Franklin Springs, Ga.
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