BANNER ELK, N.C. --- A quartet of men's basketball players scored 12 points or more and the team shot 52.5% in the second half while the Lees-McRae men's basketball squad outmuscled Erskine, 84-76, in a Conference Carolinas contest Monday night at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (10-7, 5-5 CC) claimed their fifth consecutive win while senior Sean Deniton (Durham, N.C.) played selfless basketball by dishing out 10 assists. The Flying Fleet (7-10, 3-7) was led by DeShaun Hall's 25-point performance while Ray Lock went off for 19 points.
Coach Steve Hardin's team connected on a season-high 13 three's while the win gives LMC its longest win streak since becoming a four-year school in 1991.
Senior Jacquise Moore (Concord, N.C.) continued his dunk rampage with a booming slam only 3:06 in the contest.
EC inched out to a six-point lead following a Hall jumper and Maurice Daniels three-pointer.
The duo would strike again for a pair of buckets while the Flying Fleet claimed their largest lead of the contest, 26-19.
Sophomore Josh Gaither (Statesville, N.C.) proved to be unstoppable after draining a pair of shots from behind the arc while LMC took a 38-34 lead with 1:39 left in the first half.
Gaither finished with 12 points, all coming from three-point range.
Despite an eight-point outburst from Lock in the waning minutes of the first, a Kendall Isler (Winder, Ga.) bucket and-one gave the Bobcats a slim 41-39 lead after 20 minutes.
Isler had 15 points, a block and a steal.
Moore sliced to the basket for three consecutive layups, putting LMC up 47-42.
Moore finished with 16 points after blowing up for 31 against Pfeiffer Saturday.
Freshmen Keegan Crabtree (Hillsborough, N.C.) and Zach Wilmoth (Dobson, N.C.) connected on two huge threes to jumpstart the Bobcats offense, which was held without a bucket for over three minutes prior.
Both teams played stingy defense for the remainder of the game, but sophomore Darius Malbon (Hickory, N.C.) splashed two from long range before Moore followed suit moments later.
Leading by nine with under three minutes to play, LMC grabbed four offensive rebounds to all but seal the win.
Solid free throw shooting from Raul Tutton (Memphis, Tenn.) and Deniton helped ice it.
The Bobcats travel to Wilson, N.C. Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. to battle Barton.