BANNER ELK, N.C. – Coming off three straight victories over conference foes, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to make it four in a row Saturday when it welcomes Limestone College to Williams Gymnasium. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off time.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae picked up a 91-81 win over Erskine last Monday to bump its record to 11-6 overall and 5-3 in league action. Senior Donte Falls led LMC in the victory scoring a season-high 21 points to along with five rebounds.
Finishing Free Throws: LMC currently ranks fifth nationally in free throws made with 345. Jason Saintizaire has led these efforts with 84 makes from the free throw line with senior Lepreece Lynch not far behind with 79.
Defending the Dunk Mountain: The Bobcats have definitely defended their home court well in 2017-18. LMC is 6-1 at home this season with the lone loss coming to nationally-ranked Lincoln Memorial in season-opener. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Bobcats own a 29-15 record playing at Williams Gymnasium.
Coming through in closing minutes: In the final five minutes of the 17 games this season, the Bobcats are shooting 54 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from three-point range. Additionally, the Bobcats are knocking down their free throws at a 73 percent clip during that stretch.
Keep it Rolling: Lees-McRae is 7-3 in its last 10 games. Only Mount Olive among Conference Carolinas can match LMC's mark with a 7-3 record as well. Lynch has led the Bobcats during that stretch averaging 16.5 points per game, while shooting nearly 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
About the Opponent: The Saints are coming off a convincing 79-64 win over Belmont Abbey last Monday. Limestone, which enters Saturday's game with an 8-9 record overall and 4-4 mark in conference, is led by Kenny Hairston. Hairston is one of just three players in the conference that is averaging over 19 points per game joining Belmont Abbey's DeQuan Abrom and King's Jordan Floyd.
Series History vs. Limestone: When the two teams tip-off Saturday, the Bobcats will be looking to end a five-game losing streak against Limestone. One of those five wins came earlier this season when the Saints connected on 16 three-pointers to down the Bobcats, 94-90. Since 2006, Limestone has won 20 of the 27 meetings between the two programs.