BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team used a strong effort in the first half to help propel it to an 82-73 win over Southern Wesleyan Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The win improves LMC's record to 7-15 overall and 6-8 in league play.
In the first half, the Bobcats held Southern Wesleyan to just 29 points on 9-of-25 shooting from the field. LMC, on the other hand, got points from 10 different players in the opening half on its way to a 40-29 lead going into the locker room. Donte Falls paced all Bobcat scorers in the first with 10 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the free throw line.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on the Warriors to begin the second half extending their lead to as many as 17 points. SWU did not go away quietly, however, as it battled back to get within five points with a little over two minutes to go in regulation. The Warriors were forced to put the Bobcats on the free throw line trying to get the ball back. This strategy backfired as LMC went 3-for-3 in the final minutes to seal the nine-point win.
Jordan Turner once again led the Bobcats in scoring Saturday with 23 points. It's the fourth straight game that Turner has paced LMC scorers. Over those four games, Turner has averaged 19.5 points per game. Falls also finished in double figures with 12 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Setting up Turner, Falls and the rest of the Bobcats most of the time was senior Jonathan Honore who matched a season-high with eight assists.
Lees-McRae will look to win its third straight game for the first time this season Tuesday when it welcomes Emmanuel (GA) to Williams Gymnasium. When the two teams met earlier this season in Franklin Springs, the Bobcats fell in a 74-73 contest. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.