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BANNER ELK, N.C. – Fresh off its first weekend of regular season action, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will return to the court for three games this week. LMC will begin the week with an exhibition game at UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. on Monday before participating in the Newberry Invitational on Friday and Saturday. At the invitational, the Bobcats will face Virginia State at 5 p.m. Friday before taking on Voorhees or Newberry on Saturday at either noon or 2 p.m. depending upon the result of Friday's game.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae broke into the program's record book in a major way its last time out as it defeated Tusculum by a score of 119-86. The 119 points are a program record during the D2 era. Additionally, the Bobcats connected on 19 three-pointers, which was also a program record.
Excitement in Exhibitions: Monday's game at UNC Asheville will be the final exhibition for the Bobcats this season. Lees-McRae have made the most of its opportunities against Division I opponents over the past handful seasons. LMC nearly upset NCAA Tournament participant East Tennessee State last season in an exhibition contest, 85-80. In 2014, the Bobcats nearly knocked off Appalachian State to begin their season, 71-69.
Newcomers making an impact: So far in 2017-18 the Bobcats have gotten solid contributions from the newcomers to their roster. Jason Saintizaire has provided a spark off the bench for LMC scoring 17 points against both No. 2 Lincoln Memorial and Tusculum, while shooting at 76.5 percent clip. Guards Kamil Williams and Quay Kimble have also had good starts to their careers in the green and gold averaging 9.5 and 11.0 points per game, respectively.
Seniors entering the record book: A couple of LMC's seniors will more than likely enter the program's record book this weekend at the Newberry Invitational. Jordan Turner needs to make just four more three-pointers to move into the top 10 in the history of the program, while Donte Falls needs four more made free throws to make his way into the top 10 in that category.
About the Opponents: UNC Asheville is coming off back-to-back appearances in the postseason, including a trip to 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs have a 0-1 record so far this season after falling to Rhode Island by a score of 84-60.
Virginia State currently boasts an undefeated record in 2017-18 with a mark of 2-0. The duo of Trey Brown and Richard Granberry have led the Trojans thus far averaging 20.0 and 15.0 points, respectively.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Monday's game in Asheville will be the second ever meeting between the programs. The first happened in 2007 and the Bulldogs came out on top, 75-48. LMC and Virginia State have only met once previously and that matchup occurred last season in Banner Elk with the Trojans coming out on top, 97-72.