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BANNER ELK, N.C. – Fresh off its first win of the 2018-19 season Saturday, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team will look to continue that momentum with three games on tap this week. LMC will start the week with a home contest against Piedmont International Monday before traveling to the Sunshine State this weekend to compete in the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout in Daytona Beach on Friday and Saturday. Tip-off times are set for 7 p.m. on Monday and 6 p.m. on Friday.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up its first victory of the season on Saturday when it defeated regional foe Tusculum University, 71-68. Sophomore Quay Kimble led the way for LMC with 17 points to go along with a team-high six assists and three steals. With the win, the Bobcats improve their record to 1-3 on the young season.
Defending Dunk Mountain – The win by the Bobcats Saturday continued a trend of the team defending their home court very well. Since the beginning of last season, Lees-McRae has won 16 of the last 18 games at Williams Gymnasium with the only two defeats occurring against a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago in Lincoln Memorial and King University.
Heading to the Sunshine State – LMC will enjoy the holiday weekend by heading to Florida to compete in the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout on Friday and Saturday. It will be the program's first trip to Florida since the 2008-09 campaign. Lees-McRae will begin the event with a matchup against Davenport University Friday night. Depending upon the result of Friday's game, LMC will then take on the winner/loser of a game between Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Embry-Riddle on Saturday.
Scouting the Opponents – Piedmont International comes into Monday's matchup with the Bobcats with a 2-4 record so far. The Bruins will look to snap a three-game losing skid when the ball gets tipped off. Additionally, the Bruins are coached by former NBA player Josh Howard. Howard spent 10 seasons in the NBA playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Davenport enters this week's action with an unblemished 3-0 record. The Panthers boast a balanced offense with four players averaging over 10 points per contest. Dyllon Hudson-Emory leads the way averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game as well.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – LMC does not have a ton of history against its opponents this week. Lees-McRae has faced off against Piedmont International twice since 2014, and it has won both meetings. On the flip side, the Bobcats have never faced any of their possible three opponents this weekend in Florida.