Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team had the magic touch from beyond the arc Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium as the Bobcats connected on 19 three-pointers to knock off North Greenville, 94-61. The win is the sixth straight for Lees-McRae, and it moves the team's record to 18-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play.
North Greenville shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half Saturday, but it still found itself behind LMC by 10 points at the break. NGU's downfall can be traced to its 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Lees-McRae would use these turnovers and turn them into opportunities to get out and run in transition. With the Crusaders trying to catch the Bobcats, the latter drained 10 three-pointers in the first to account for 30 of the team's 43 points at the break.
The Bobcats kept rolling in the second half outscoring the Crusaders 51-28 to finish off their seventh straight win. LMC led by as many as 31 points in the second half and 10 different players scored at least two points in the stanza.
Senior Jordan Turner led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including a 7-of-10 mark from beyond the arc. The duo of Jason Saintizaire and Lepreece Lynch also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Overall, seven different Bobcats scored seven points or more in the victory. In addition to his point totals, Lynch also blocked a pair of shots and snatched a team-high six rebounds, while Quay Kimble matched a season-high with eight assists.
Next up for the Bobcats is a non-conference game against Winston-Salem State on Tuesday at Williams Gymnasium. The game, which is the final non-conference matchup of the regular season for LMC, will get underway at 7 p.m.