Men's Basketball

Men's Hoops Sees Historic Season Come to End in Heartbreaker

Men's Hoops Sees Historic Season Come to End in Heartbreaker

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Austin Anderson closed out his storied career with a season-high 29 points and Lepreece Lynch chipped in with 15, but the No. 3 seed Lees-McRae men's basketball came up short in a heartbreaking 75-74 loss to No. 6 seed Limestone in a Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal game Tuesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Saints (12-17) saw four starters turn in double figures while three of them played all 40 minutes. The Bobcats (16-15) finished the season with school records in wins and conference wins.

Anderson (Anderson, S.C.), Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) and Cameron Redd (Garner, N.C.) wrapped up their Bobcat careers.

LC's Brolin Floyd turned in a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Anderson scored his first bucket with 14:28 on the clock to make it a 9-6 game in the Saints favor.

The visiting squad ripped off an 18-5 run to push the advantage to 16, 27-11.

LMC's Jordan Turner (Hickory, N.C.) ripped net on a triple before using a layup prior to an Isler three to cut the deficit to nine, 32-23.

Lynch (Winston-Salem, N.C.) lit up a loud crowd with a thunderous dunk after a steal before Anderson's layup made it 32-27.

The Saints produced a 6-0 run, all via free throws, before a pair from Anderson at the 1:35 mark.

The senior corralled a Jonathan Honore (Baton Rouge, La.) pass and drained a triple at the buzzer to end the first half, 40-32.

LC went 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.

Anderson and Turner scored all but two points during a 15-7 run while LMC tied the game at 47 with 13:41 on the clock.

Neither team would be able to get much of a lead for the next seven minutes.

Isler split two defenders and rattled the rim with a dunk to give coach Steve Hardin's squad a 57-55 lead.

The Saints' Teron Wallace drained a pair of threes during an 8-0 run, 63-57.

Wallace led his squad with 21 points.

Trailing by six, junior Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) buried a three to cut the deficit in half.

A layup from LC's Macoumba Kane pushed the lead back to five, but an Anderson bucket and Lynch three made it a two-point game, 74-72.

Lynch finished with 15 points.

Anderson sank a pair of free throws with 40 seconds remaining. LMC drew a charge with 25 on the game clock, but was unable to hit the game-winner as time expired.

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