BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's basketball team fell victim to a 3-point barrage from King University while freshman Mike Chambers dropped a team-high 17 points in a 91-68 loss in Conference Carolinas action Monday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Tornado (10-8, 7-1 CC) proved why they're nestle atop the conference with 19 made 3-pointers while Logan Lyle connected on six of them. The Bobcats (6-12, 1-7 CC) forced 18 turnovers, but was unable to dig out of an 18-point halftime hole.
A 3-pointer from Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) drained a three and junior Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) connected on a layup to keep it close while King held a 26-23 lead with 10:15 remaining in the half.
The Tornado would rip off a 27-12 run to close out the half while connecting on 11 treys in the first half.
LMC shot 42.3% (11-of-26) in the opening period, but King shot a 55.9% clip.
The Tornado controlled much of the second half while seeing their lead balloon to 31.
A pair of Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) free-throws capped off an 18-10 run with 1:54 remaining, but it was too late while King shot an even 50% on its way to the win.
Tutton finished with 16 points while Moore chipped in with 11.
Logan Lyle paced King with 28 points and C.J. Good chimed in with 17.
The Bobcats look to bounce back when they welcome Limestone Wednesday evening at 7:30 at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
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