MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Lees-McRae senior Darius Smith poured in a season-high 28 points while three others chimed in with double figures, but LMC was unable to rebound from a 13-point halftime deficit in a 100-90 loss to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas play at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Wednesday evening in the Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers" game.
The Trojans (10-7, 4-3 CC) collected their third win at home out of the last four while scoring 100 points for the first time this season. The Bobcats (6-11, 1-6) fell despite two 20-point scorers in a game that saw some intriguing statistics.
Mount Olive scored the first 10 points of the game while starting the contest on a 23-10 run.
Junior Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) and Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) helped the Bobcats cut the deficit to 10, 31-21, at the 10:44 mark.
Trojans' Josh Hicks connected on a jumper to stretch the lead to 17 following an 11-4 run over the next three minutes.
A five-point outburst from freshman Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.), including a three-pointer with three seconds remaining gave the Trojans a 57-44 advantage at the half.
The Trojan bench produced 25 points in the first half while the squad shot an eye-popping 60.5% from the floor.
LMC fared well in the first 20 minutes, connecting on 44.7% of its first half shots, but went 2-of-8 from three-point range.
Another Smith bucket followed by a Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) basket sliced the Trojan lead to seven, 65-58, with 13:47 on the clock.
The Mount Olive offense started clicking once again, ripping off a 15-6 run to extend the lead to 16.
With 1:22 remaining, Moore flushed a dunk following a Smith triple to keep it interesting, 93-86.
However, the Trojans hit 6-of-7 free throws in the last 25 seconds to seal the victory.
The Trojans managed to win despite going 12-of-32 from the charity stripe while Dory Hines earned an intriguing double-double with 11 boards and 16 assists. Mount Olive shot 62.3% from the floor on the evening while John Wieland went 9-of-12 from three-range.
Smith led all scorers while Chambers finished with 21. Moore nearly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Tutton produced 12 points with five rebounds.
The Bobcats look to snap their recent skid when they welcome King to Williams Gymnasium Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
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