Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – In a matchup of NCAA Tournament teams from last season, Carson-Newman used a fast start to down the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team Wednesday in non-conference action by a score of 108-77. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 0-3 on the season.
C-N came out of the blocks ready to roll Wednesday night. The Eagles shot 71 percent from the field, including 67 percent from beyond the arc to build up a sizable lead on LMC in the first half. Carson-Newman would lead by as many as 26 points in the opening 20 minutes before settling for a 23-point advantage heading to the locker room for halftime.
Lees-McRae made an effort to cut into the Eagles lead and did make some headway. Over the course of the final 20 minutes, LMC shot 51.4 from the field and scored 45 of its 77 points. Unfortunately, the large hole proved too large for the Bobcats to dig out of as the Eagles finished off the victory.
A trio of freshmen led the Bobcats on the scoresheet Wednesday. Jonathan Webb paced LMC's scorers with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting overall and 3-of-5 effort from three-point range. Anthony Hicks also posted an 11-point effort with a 5-of-9 outing from the field. Kerry Richardson also finished the night in double figures with 10 points.
The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they host Tusculum in their home opener. Tip-off for that contest is set for 4 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.