FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. --- Freshman Trey Hall dropped a career-high 14 points, but the Lees-McRae men's basketball team was defeated at Emmanuel (Ga.), 89-76, in Conference Carolina play Saturday afternoon in Franklin Springs, Ga.
The Lions (19-5, 14-4 CC) shot 50% and held a +20 advantage on the boards. The Bobcats (16-12, 12-6) had five players in double figures.
Anderson and EC's Steven Guinchard were responsible for their team's first two buckets.
Hall (Apopka, Fla.) started his scoring with a triple.
The Lions Emerson McClung responded with a dunk and three pointer of his own while the home squad led 22-10.
Junior Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) cut the deficit to seven with a three.
EC allowed only three buckets in the final 9:57 of the first half.
Both teams committed double digit turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Hall stopped a 9-2 EC run with a bucket from behind the arc, 53-42.
The game saw a scoring barrage when the squads combined for 17 points in a 1:13 span. Junior Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was responsible for five of LMC's points.
Isler used a 5-0 burst to cut the deficit to six, 82-76, with 2:26 remaining.
EC finished the contest on a 7-0 run.
Hicks and Gaither finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Anderson led the team with six rebounds.
LMC welcomes King (Tenn.) Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Gymansium.
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