Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team withstood a late charge from Belmont Abbey Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium to pick up a 103-94 victory. The win is LMC's 20th of the season and its eighth straight overall. It is the first ever time that the Bobcats have won 20 games in a single season in the history of the program.
The Bobcats seemed to have Tuesday's game well in hand in the first 20 minutes. After the Crusaders stuck with Lees-McRae for the first 10 or so minutes, the Bobcat offense caught fire going on a 20-6 run to open up an 18-point lead. Belmont Abbey cut the deficit back down to 11 going into halftime, 54-43.
Belmont Abbey continued to chip away at the Bobcat lead. Eventually, BAC erased LMC's entire lead to tie the score at 79-79 with just under seven minutes to go. Lees-McRae, however, outscored the Crusaders 24-15 over the final minutes to seal the 103-94 win. It is the eighth time this season that Lees-McRae has scored 100 or more points and it has done so in each of the last two games.
The senior trio of Lepreece Lynch, Jordan Turner and Avery Wallis were integral parts of LMC pulling out the win. Lynch finished with a team-high 27 points, while Turner and Wallis added 17 and 11 points of their own. Freshman Quay Kimble also had good night scoring 16 points, while dishing a team-high five assists.
LMC, now 20-7 overall and 13-4 in league action, will host King University Friday night in its regular season finale. If the Tornado defeat Emmanuel on Wednesday, Friday's contest will decide who wins the Conference Carolinas regular season championship. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.