February 19, 2014

Men's Hoops Falls to Mount Olive, 93-65

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae men's basketball team saw freshman Mike Chambers notch his ninth 20-point game on the season, but it wasn't enough while LMC dropped a 93-65 decision to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas play Wednesday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Trojans' (16-8, 10-4 CC) defense stifled LMC while holding it to 27.3% from the floor. The Bobcats (6-19, 1-13) enjoyed an 18-point second-half performance from junior Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.).

The game saw its fifth tie after Chambers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) splashed a three at the 11:46 mark, 17-17.

The Trojans gained momentum and ran with it thanks to 24-11 run over the next 8:20 after Dontrell Brite collected seven points during the run.

Consecutive three's from Mount Olive's Ewon Bright extended the lead to 17, 47-30.

LMC offense was held to 23.3% in the first 20 minutes while the Trojan's connected on 52.9% of their shots.

Dominique Reed scored eight of Mount Olive's first 10 points of the second half to see its lead balloon to 24, 60-36.

Freshman Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) connected on a triple before Chase Arnold (Kingsport, Tenn.) followed suit with one of his own to shave the deficit to 18, 60-42.

Junior Jacquise Moore corralled a rebound after missing a three and nailed a bucket to close the gap to 14, 69-55.

Tutton was a free-throw making machine in his 16 minutes of action, knocking down 12-of-14.

Mount Olive held LMC without a point the final 5:12 of the game while ripping off a 9-0 run.

Reed led all scorers with 24 points and an eye-popping seven blocks. Brite chipped in with 21 points while the Trojans shot 50.9%. Kendall Hargrove produced a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds).

Chambers (20) and Tutton were the only Bobcats to record double figures while Chad Hicks (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led the team with five rebounds.

LMC wraps up its home portion of the 2013-14 campaign with a bout against Belmont Abbey Saturday at 4 p.m. on Senior Day. Seniors Darius Smith (Woodbridge, Va.) and DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) will be honored prior to the game.

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