Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Riding a season-high six game winning streak, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will return to Williams Gymnasium Tuesday night when it hosts Winston-Salem State at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae connected on 19 three-pointers on its way to defeating North Greenville 94-61 last Saturday in Banner Elk. LMC's record moved to 18-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play with the win over the Crusaders.
Postseason Push – With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats could still make some more history in the coming weeks. LMC sits just a half game behind Mount Olive for the Conference Carolinas lead. The best conference finish for the Bobcats was third in 2015-16. Depending upon how the Bobcats and the rest of the league fares over the final two weeks, the team could be the conference tournament's No. 1, 2, 3 or 4 seed.
Non-Conference Note – Tuesday's game against WSSU will be the final non-conference tilt for the Bobcats during the regular season. LMC is 6-3 in non-league games this season with losses coming to Lincoln Memorial, Virginia State and Johnson C. Smith. Collectively, those three teams boast a record of 60-11.
Home on the Mountain - The Bobcats have been a dominant home team during the 2017-18 campaign. As a team, Lees-McRae is outscoring opponents by an average of over 10 points per game in tilts played at Williams Gymnasium (93.6 to 83.0 points). Overall, LMC is 10-1 on its home floor with its lone loss coming to nationally-ranked Lincoln Memorial in the season opener.
About Winston-Salem State – Winston-Salem State, which is a member of the CIAA, comes into Tuesday's game in Banner Elk with a 4-18 overall record and a 2-11 mark in league meetings. The Rams are looking to snap a 10-game losing skid when it faces Lees-McRae. WSSU has a pair of players averaging over 16 points per game in William Crandell and Robert Colon.
Series Histories vs. WSSU – The Bobcats and Rams have only matched up one time previously and that was last season. Lees-McRae fell narrowly in that contest by an 83-79 final score. Lepreece Lynch paced the Bobcats on that night with 20 points against the Rams.