Bobcats Drop High-Scoring Affair at Belmont Abbey, 104-95

BELMONT, N.C. --- A quartet of Lees-McRae men's basketball players scored at least 15 points, but a hot-shooting Belmont Abbey team put six players in double figures to survive a high-scoring affair, 104-95, in Conference Carolina play Saturday night at the Wheeler Center in Belmont, N.C.

The Bobcats (6-6, 1-1 CC) saw their three-game win streak come to a halt despite an impressive 31-point outburst from freshman Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.). The Crusaders (5-8, 1-2) reached the 100-point plateau for the first time of the season and shot 61.8% in the second half.

Belmont Abbey sprinted out to a 15-4 lead in the first 4:04 of play after Jonathan Garrett chipped in seven points. LMC responded with a 13-2 run to make it 17 apiece, for the first of two ties.

Neither team could create much distance until a three-pointer from Crusader Drexler Clark gave the home squad a 39-32 lead with 4:25 remaining the first half.

Buckets from Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Darryl Bond (Nashville, Tenn) cut the deficit to four, 44-40, but a Belmont three made it 47-40 at the break.

The Crusaders knocked down six triples in the first 20 minutes, compared to LMC's two.

Consecutive layups from the Crusaders Chris Davis gave BAC a 13-point advantage with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Bobcats offense came to live when it stormed back by knocking down six consecutive shots to take a 72-71 lead halfway through the second half.

The remainder of the half proved to be entertaining, but the reigning Conference Carolina tournament champions' offense was too strong while it distanced itself down the home stretch thanks to a 16-8 run.

Chambers has registered double figures in every game this season but two, including two 30-point performances. Darius Smith (Shelby, N.C.) and Bond chipped in with 16 points apiece while Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) had 15.

Darryl Durham led the Crusaders with 22 points while Ryan Conrad had 21.

Belmont Abbey shot 55.4% from the field including 11 three-pointers. LMC forced 15 turnovers and shot 80% from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats look to return to their winning ways when welcomes Erskine to Williams Gymnasium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a conference battle.

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