Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone College made 16 three-pointers Saturday in Conference Carolinas action to rally from an early deficit to down the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team, 94-90. The loss moves LMC's record to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
LMC began Saturday's game playing very efficiently on both ends of the floor. The Bobcats shot 53.6 percent from the field and 83.3 percent on 12 attempts from the free throw line. Defensively, Lees-McRae held Limestone to a shooting percentage to under 30 percent midway through the first half. Limestone, however, was able to gain some momentum at the end of the half but the Bobcats still led by eight at halftime, 42-35.
Limestone came out of the locker room with a renewed sense of purpose. The Saints began the second half on a 12-0 run to storm ahead of the Bobcats. A major reason for Limestone's run was its ability to shoot from three-point range. The Saints drained 10 threes in the final 20 minutes to keep LMC out of striking distance for most of the second half. Lees-McRae got the deficit within two possessions with less than a minute remaining, but it proved too late as the Saints held on for the 94-90 win.
The trio of Lepreece Lynch, Jason Saintizaire and Quay Kimble led the Bobcats on the scoresheet against the Saints. Lynch and Kimble both set season-highs with 27 and 21 points, respectively. Saintizaire added 19 points for the second time this season.
Saturday's game was the last for the Bobcats before holidays. LMC's next game will be on December 30 when it welcomes Anderson (S.C.) for a non-conference game at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off for that game is set for 7 p.m.