Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In search of just its second win over rival King (Tenn.) University since 2012, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team had five players score in double figures to upend the Tornado Wednesday, 76-74. The win improves LMC's record to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in league play. The nine wins surpass the team's win total from last season.
The Bobcats held the lead in over 17 minutes of the first half. LMC shot 48.4 percent from the field compared to just 32.4 percent from the Tornado. Despite not shooting as high of a percentage, King was able to stay within striking distance because of its work on the offensive glass. The Tornado grabbed 14 offensive rebounds leading to nine second-chance points. Thanks to its work down low, King only trailed Lees-McRae by two, 39-37, at the break.
The second half was just as close as the first. Whenever it looked like one team may go on an extended run, the other squad would answer to keep it within two possessions. This trend continued all the way to the end of regulation. After a stop on defense, the Tornado had an opportunity to win the game with a three-pointer with four seconds remaining. However, JeDon Young's three-pointer rimmed out giving the Bobcats a 76-74 victory.
One key for Lees-McRae Wednesday was its balanced scoring. Senior Lepreece Lynch led the Bobcat offense with 16 points on the night. The duo of Avery Wallis and Kamil Williams both totaled 14, while Donte Falls and Quay Kimble added 13 and 10 as well.
The Bobcats will look to get a winning streak started Saturday when they host Emmanuel (GA) College at Williams Gymnasium. LMC and Emmanuel are scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m.