DUE WEST, S.C. --- Lees-McRae men's basketball junior Jacquise Moore enjoyed his third 20-plus point performance of the season, but LMC fell in heartbreaking fashion thanks to a Mike Gabbard buzzer beater in triple overtime at Erskine, 76-74, Saturday afternoon at Belk Arena in Due West, S.C.
The Flying Fleet (12-8, 6-5 CC) rebounded from a 13-point deficit in the second half while Roderick Perkins produced a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds). The Bobcats (6-16, 1-10) played lights out defense in the first half by allowing a season-low 15 points.
LMC connected on four consecutive shots while four different players chimed in with a bucket on its way to a 20-6 lead in the first 10:49.
A Mike Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) three-pointer and DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) jumper extended the Bobcat lead to 16, 28-12, but LMC fell cold and went scoreless the final 4:08 of the first half.
Erskine shot a miserable 16% in the first 20 while LMC knocked down five three-pointers.
Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) drained a three at the 15:16 mark, but the Flying Fleet responded with a 13-0 run over the next 5:32.
Moore (Concord, N.C.) would rip off a personal 5-0 run to end the drought and push the Bobcat lead back to four, 39-35.
Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) connected on a three, but EC replied with a 9-0 run thanks to a Gabbard triple and would hold its largest lead of the game, 51-46.
The Bobcat defense clamped down and held EC scoreless for the final 4:02 while a Smith jumper with 24 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 51.
Neither team could catch much breathing room in the first overtime while the Flying Fleet was able to convert two LMC turnovers into five points.
Both squads struggled in the second OT while each connected on one field goal and Moore hit a free-throw to knot it at 64.
Perkins hit a three at the 2:10 mark of the third overtime to give EC a five-point advantage. The Bobcats stormed back while Moore exploded for seven points.
An LMC turnover with five seconds left paved the way for Gabbard, who hit a runner as the buzzer sounded.
Moore paced the Bobcats with 21 points, nine boards and four steals while Tutton had 13 points. LMC forced 17 turnovers.
Gabbard led Erskine with 25 points while Chris Gore swiped a game-high 15 rebounds. Despite the three extra sessions, only six players registered a point.
The Bobcats return to action with a trip to North Greenville Wednesday at 7:30 in Tigerville, S.C.
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