Men's Hoops Rally Falls Short Against Barton, 92-84

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's basketball team shot 47.8% from the field, but fell victim to a three-point attack from Barton in a 92-84 loss in Conference Carolinas play Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bulldogs (7-8, 3-2 CC) saw Chris Flemmings explode for 32 points, including seven three-pointers in the first half while collecting their third win in four games. The Bobcats (6-9, 1-4 CC) dropped their fourth consecutive game despite a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) from junior Darryl Bond (Nashville, Tenn.).

Neither team could earn much breathing room for much of the first half. The Bobcats grabbed a one-point lead following a layup from Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 31-30.

BC responded with a 14-3 run thanks to back-to-back threes from Travis McEachern and Flemmings to take a 44-34 lead with 3:13 on the clock.

Junior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) hit consecutive layups to make it a six-point deficit, but an unstoppable Flemmings drained three straight triples to cap off a 9-2 Barton run to end the half.

LMC dominated the paint in the first 20 minutes, 28-16, despite trailing 53-42. The Bobcats shot an impressive 50% in the first period, but BC connected on nine three-pointers.

Senior Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) got in the mix with a bucket at the 17:31 mark to make it a 56-53 game.

However, Barton rattled off a 7-0 run following a Brian McNair three, to extend the lead to 10, 63-53.

Barton would stretch the lead to 16, 74-58, thanks to solid free-throw shooting.

The Bobcats would claw their way back into it after 20-8 run after freshman Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) ripped off seven of his team-high 19 points. Bond drove and scored on a layup with 2:01 remaining to cut the deficit to three, 85-82.

BC would go 7-for-7 from the free-throw line to claim the victory despite being outscored 28-14 in the paint in the second half.

Chambers paced the Bobcat offense and was a rebound away from a double-double. Tutton finished the game with 13 points and three steals.

The Bulldogs had a quartet of players register double figures, led by Flemmings. McNair had 14 while Daniel McClendon and Khari Fiason had 13 and 11, respectively.

LMC was held without a converted three-pointer (0-for-8) for the first time this season, but went 18-of-23 from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats look to snap their skid when they welcome North Greenville Saturday at 4 p.m. to Williams Gymnasium.

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