Photo courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team picked up its second straight victory Monday night as it defeated Piedmont International, 87-86, in non-conference action. With the win, LMC's record this season improves to 2-3.
The opening 20 minutes of play Monday night saw the Bobcats use their height to their advantage. LMC totaled nine offensive rebounds in the first half that turned into 13 second chance points. The Bruins, meanwhile, hung tough with Lees-McRae thanks in part to their ability to get to the free throw line. Piedmont International attempted 21 shots from the line in the first and knocked down 18 of those tries. With both teams using different methods to put points on the board, the Bobcats held a narrow five-point lead (48-43) after 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Bruins were able to gain the momentum thanks to their defense. Not so much with shot defense but forcing the Bobcats into bad passes. LMC committed 11 turnovers in the second, which allowed the Bruins to outscore them 43-39 in the frame. Thanks to 11 points from freshman Anthony Hicks, the Bobcats were able to stay just enough ahead of Piedmont International as they held on for 87-86 victory.
Statistically, the Bobcats were led Monday by Jonathan Webb who finished the tilt with a career-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. Hicks went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field with 13 points as well, while Malik Wright (11 points) and Jerick Haynes (10 points) also finished in double figures on the night.
Next up for the Bobcats is a trip to the Sunshine State to compete in a tournament over the holiday break. Lees-McRae is set to open the tournament with a matchup against Davenport University at 6 p.m. on Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida.