Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team eclipsed the 100-point plateau for the seventh time this season Tuesday as it knocked off Winston-Salem State by a score of 104-80 at Williams Gymnasium. The win is not only LMC's seventh straight but it also boosts its record to 19-7 overall, and an 11-1 mark at home.
Lees-McRae used a combination of free throw shooting and shooting from beyond the arc to get out to an early lead on the Rams. LMC connected on eight three balls in the first half with the duo of Jordan Turner and Kamil Williams combining for seven of those eight. The Bobcats also got to the free throw line 16 times in the opening 20 minutes and knocked down 12 of those. With those two factors working in unison, LMC led Winston-Salem State, 48-38, at the break.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on the Rams in the second half, but a couple different players led the charge. Jason Saintizaire scored 14 of his 16 points on the night in the second half to pace all LMC scorers in the frame. Not far behind was Malik Wright who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second. The boost that Saintizaire and Wright provided helped the Bobcats keep the Rams at bay and clinch their seventh straight win, 104-80.
LMC had five different players finish in double figures Tuesday. Turner led Lees-McRae with 23 points. Saintizaire and Williams weren't far behind with 16 and 15 points, while Wright and Lepreece Lynch rounded things out with 12 and 11 points. A major key in the victory was LMC's edge on the glass. Paced by Lynch's eight rebounds, the Bobcats out-rebounded Winston-Salem State 40-28 on the night.
Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Bobcats will have a week to get rested before their next opponent. Lees-McRae will host Belmont Abbey next Tuesday at Williams Gymnasium for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.